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Biden administration tackles electric vehicle cybersecurity – Axios

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Federal officials are examining what role they should play in strengthening the cybersecurity of electric vehicles (EVs) as they push for increased EV adoption in the U.S.
The big picture: EV chargers create unique cyber threats, since the systems tend to be interconnected, run on personal home or business networks, and connect to local power grids.
Driving the news: The Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) hosted a forum last week with government leaders and private companies, including both automakers and EV charging manufacturers, to discuss the cybersecurity issues facing EVs and the tech they operate on.
Why it matters: While EV charger hacks have remained mostly hypothetical, the technology powering chargers could face increased hacker interest as EV adoption rises.
Threat level: EV chargers — whether located in personal homes or in public areas — typically collect information about a vehicle's charge rate, identification numbers and drivers' online account information.
Between the lines: No cybersecurity standards exist for EV charging infrastructure, although automakers and charging manufacturers have been working to account for cyberthreats in the development of new vehicles and systems.
Yes, but: Standards aren't a foolproof solution to preventing hacks of EVs and their charging systems.
What's next: The ONCD office did not make any promises about next steps, but it's possible updated EV standards could come out of the discussion.
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