New attack method could disrupt electric vehicle charging

Experts have dubbed the technique “Brokenwire” and say it could have life-threatening consequences

Academics from the University of Oxford and Armasuisse S+T have identified a novel attack technique targeting the widely-used Combined Charging System (CCS). They say the method could potentially disrupt the ability to charge electric vehicles at scale.

The “Brokenwire” attack method meddles with the control communications between the vehicle and charger, wirelessly aborting charging from as far as 47m away.

Researchers explained: “While it may only be an inconvenience for individuals, interrupting the charging process of critical vehicles, such as electric ambulances, can have life-threatening consequences.”

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