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UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks

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An electric vehicle plugged into a charging station.

The researchers discovered a range of vulnerabilities in the 16 electric vehicle charging systems they analyzed, and highlighted what they consideredc the 13 most severe vulnerabilities, such as missing authentication and cross-site scripting.

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Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the UAE's University of Dubai, and Canada's Concordia University have found that electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations and their Internet-based management systems are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.

The researchers performed a comprehensive security analysis of each of the 16 electrical vehicle charging managing systems they identified.

UTSA's Elias Bou-Harb said, "We devised a system lookup and collection approach to identify a large number of electrical vehicle charging systems, then leveraged reverse engineering and white/black-box Web application penetration testing techniques to perform a thorough vulnerability analysis."

The study highlights the 13 most severe vulnerabilities found in these charging systems, including missing authentication and cross-site scripting.

Among other things, the researchers recommend developers patch existing vulnerabilities and implement initial security measures during the manufacturing of these systems.

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