Electric-car charge-station payment systems may lack basic security measures

Just a PSA: If you charge your car regularly at a public charge station, you might want to keep an eye out for fraudulent charges on whatever card you use to pay for it. Researchers have found that some charge stations, specifically those that require a dedicated card, “have not implemented basic security mechanisms” like encryption.

Mathias Dalheimer, a security researcher who works at Fraunhofer, first presented his findings at the Chaos Computer Club conference. He first contacted the companies in question (which are not named), some of which apparently have refused to fix the issue — so he has presented it publicly, and now it’s even on the German R&D firm’s official page.

The charge systems in question give you a card with a user ID number on it, which is connected in…

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