Secu­re­ly into the mobi­li­ty world of tomor­row — Phy­si­cal tam­per pro­tec­tion for electric char­ging stations 

Manipulation protection for charging stations

Electric cars pro­vi­de the oppor­tu­ni­ty for clean and envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly mobi­li­ty. As ear­ly as 2025, at least 15 per­cent of all cars sold will be electric. It is obvious that the ener­gy infra­st­ruc­tu­re must grow along with their num­ber — a den­se e‑charging sta­ti­on net­work in Ger­ma­ny is indis­pensable. Howe­ver, for con­su­mers to adapt to e‑cars, it is essen­ti­al that dri­vers can rely on the infra­st­ruc­tu­re — on its avai­la­bi­li­ty on the one hand, and on its safe­ty on the other. Becau­se in addi­ti­on to the oppor­tu­nities that the e‑mobility revo­lu­ti­on brings, the­re are also new secu­ri­ty risks to consider.

Why are the charging stations so insecure?

An ordi­na­ry e‑charging point is only weak­ly secu­red against phy­si­cal attacks, or often not secu­red at all. In some cases, cri­mi­nals just have to remo­ve two screws to gain access to the soft­ware interface.

Possible damage due to attacks on e‑charging stations

  • Dis­tur­ban­ce of the grid stability
  • Mani­pu­la­ti­on of the smart grid
  • Rea­ding and mani­pu­la­ti­on of users’ per­so­nal data
  • Power theft
  • Extor­ti­on of ope­ra­tors by using hard­ware Trojans
  • Lar­ge-sca­le attackers

Examination of the target of the attack

WMo­re infor­ma­ti­on about the dan­gers of char­ging colum­ns from hackers:

A mem­ber of the Cha­os Com­pu­ter Club (CCC) demons­tra­tes how an e‑charging point can be phy­si­cal­ly mani­pu­la­ted wit­hin two to three minu­tes and an electric car can be char­ged at someo­ne else’s expense.

Süd­deut­sche Zeitung

PHYSEC SEAL offers effective protection against physical intrusion

With the help of our auto­ma­ted 3D con­di­ti­on assess­ment, we can secu­re e‑charging points against phy­si­cal attacks of any kind and make our con­tri­bu­ti­on to ensu­ring a safe and reli­able char­ging infrastructure.

The benefits of the PHYSEC Integrity Assessment

  • PHYSEC’s 3D sen­sor crea­tes a phy­si­cal image of the char­ging stations
  • Moni­to­ring the ope­ra­tio­nal 3D envi­ron­ment enab­les safe operation
  • Even sta­te chan­ges in the swit­ched-off sys­tem can be detected
  • The PHYSEC solu­ti­on repres­ents an inde­pen­dent and com­ple­men­ta­ry sys­tem and thus does not inter­fe­re with exis­ting systems
  • Exis­ting IT secu­ri­ty poli­ci­es (e.g. Com­mon Cri­te­ria) can easi­ly be sup­ple­men­ted with our solution
  • No per­so­nal data is pro­ces­sed (no con­trac­tu­al data processing)

PHYSEC SEAL Integrity assessment

Our SEAL solu­ti­on can be instal­led in edge devices of any size and alerts in the event of unaut­ho­ri­sed intru­si­on or dama­ge to the edge stations.

Personal consultation

Respond to the rising thre­at level and pre­vent tomorrow’s attacks. We at PHYSEC will be hap­py to ans­wer your ques­ti­ons. Talk direct­ly to our exe­cu­ti­ves now.

Dr. Chris­ti­an Zen­ger, CEO
email: christian.zenger@physec.de

Dr. Hei­ko Koep­ke, CFO
email: heiko.koepke@physec.de