Videos Show Easy Hacks of Electrify America Fast Charger's Internal Computer System
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A Twitter user known as The Kilowatts was able to gain access to an Electrify America fast charger in Kettleman City, California, and posted two videos showing how easy it is for malicious actors to breach the chargers’ security network.
Electrify America is an electric vehicle DC fast charging station network in the United States, with more than 788 charging locations and over 3,531 individual charging units.
The first video shows the Electrify America charger’s screen displaying an image of a red Tesla Model 3. The second video shows how The Kilowatts was able to take control of the Electrify America charger using the simple TeamViewer app, opening the charger’s internal computer system and allowing a potential hacker to move the mouse, type, and open programs on the machine.
Electrify America responded to trade publication Teslerati's request for comment about the videos with a threatening statement: “Intentionally accessing a computer system without authorization can be a serious cr…