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40,000 Drivers Warned Over £500 'Dangerous' Item As It's Pulled From Sale

maximus otter

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An urgent electric car warning has been issued - as hackers "could attack" the National Grid with a £500 item. The Office for Product Safety and Standards says car charger company Wallbox's Copper SB charging point does not comply with cyber security laws, telling the company to stop selling it.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards explained how the product failed to meet the cybersecurity requirements because of a hardware and operating system limitation, which could make it easier to hack. Critics have warned it could be used to bring down the UK's energy infrastructure.

Some 40,000 have been bought across the country.

Ken Munro, of Pen Test Partners, a cybersecurity company, told [a UK broadsheet]: “The electric vehicle charging industry has inadvertently created a weapon that hostile foreign powers and others could use to destabilise our power grid.

“A lack of appropriate cybersecurity has left us all exposed to blackouts.” He also suggested that the National Grid could be attacked if criminals are able to activate thousands of devices at the same time.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/news...ous-item-as-it-s-pulled-from-sale/ar-BB1iHEYk

maximus otter
 
“A lack of appropriate cybersecurity has left us all exposed to blackouts.” He also suggested that the National Grid could be attacked if criminals are able to activate thousands of devices at the same time.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/news...ous-item-as-it-s-pulled-from-sale/ar-BB1iHEYk

maximus otter
I can't see it as being a real threat.

The amount of electricity thousands of chargers being activated at the same time when compared to the total amount of electricity required by society must be minuscule.
 
... I think lack of investment in the UK power grid -( profit before service - see the Water Companies as the pioneers)- by the Power companies themselves is a much greater risk of blackouts etc...!
 
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