Electric vehicles could pose cyber risk to Australia’s grid: energy expert


Energy experts say Australia will be subject to cyberattacks and widespread blackouts as more electric vehicles (EVs) connect to the country’s grid unless the government takes appropriate action soon. I warn you that it is possible.

They said that cyber security issues are Australia’s National Electric Vehicle Strategy So I had to prioritize.

Before addressing the Australian Cyber ​​Conference in Melbourne on October 13, Ross De Rango, head of energy and infrastructure for the Electric Vehicles Council, said the issue was being addressed to prevent catastrophic consequences. said it was important to

How do EVs pose cyber threats to the power grid?

De Rango said increased EV adoption could see Australians consume about 40% more electricity and charging at peak times could be a disaster for energy networks.

He said that while energy companies could use the technology to schedule or “orchestrate” vehicle charging, regulators connecting this technology to the national grid could pose new security threats. pointed out that there is

For example, a hacker could exploit a security flaw to charge all vehicles at the wrong time, causing a power outage.

“What if we were building a system where EV charging would normally happen at the right time, but a malicious actor got involved and suddenly the EV was charging at the wrong time?” he said. said in a comment obtained by AAP.

“That’s where cybersecurity comes in.”

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The new Nissan Leaf vehicle is seen in Melbourne, Australia on July 11, 2019. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

De Rango says manufacturers of electric vehicles and charging equipment, software providers, or energy companies can take advantage of security holes in software that traditional power connections cannot.

“If you want to impersonate [the current] When you get a signal, you have to use an alligator clip to climb the pole,” he said.

“The chances of a malicious outside actor being able to do that are slim.

“If there is a future where the means of connectivity and control is via the Internet, there is a threat surface that does not exist today.”

Security flaws in EV charging equipment

Jonathan Jackson, engineering director for BlackBerry Asia Pacific and Japan, said foreign researchers had discovered a security flaw in electric vehicle charging equipment.

He cites a study by the Carlos Alvarez College of Business in the United States that found 13 out of 16 EV charging stations to have serious security holes, including a lack of certification standards.

“Vulnerabilities in EV software alone show that there is a long way to go, not only in Australia, but at a global level, to ensure the security of energy systems,” said Jackson. .

“There really is no choice here. [emissions], we absolutely need to tackle this head-on. It’s a question of when, not when. “

Additionally, Jackson said there have been instances of energy suppliers suffering ransomware attacks, such as CS Energy in Queensland in November 2021 and Colonial Pipeline in the United States in May, where the national power grid was subjected to malicious attacks. said it showed that it could be a target for

Nonetheless, he said the country’s energy network could be protected if the federal government took early action.

“This is a manageable issue, but it needs to be discussed now.

“When smart EVs are orchestrated in every building, turning on[security]for everyone later is going to be incredibly costly.”

of australian government invites the public to provide feedback on the national strategy on EVs. Submissions for consultation are open until October 31.

Alfred Bui


Alfred Bui is an Australian reporter based in Melbourne, focusing on local and business news. He is a former small business owner and holds his two master’s degrees in business and business law. Please contact [email protected].