Russian Electric Vehicle Chargers Hacked on M11 Highway as Political Protest

March 25, 2023

INCIDENT

Russian electric vehicle charging points have been hacked to display messages supporting Ukraine. As a result stations along Russia's M-11 motorway, between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, were deactivated.

According to a Facebook Post by Russian energy company Rosseti, the charging points were hacked by the Ukrainian company that provided some of the parts for them. The company left a backdoor in their systems and used this to set the charging points to display the error messages. It was not reported how many electric vehicle charging points were hacked or deactivated, or for how long they would be unavailable to drivers of EV.

Incident Date

February 28, 2022

Location

Russia

Estimated Cost

Highway EV charging stations deactivated - duration unknown

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified