Electric car charging points hacked to show porn instead of council website 4 months ago

Electric car charging points hacked to show porn instead of council website

Not what we meant when we said 'we wanna go to a drive-in cinema'

Isle of Wight council has been forced to apologise after the screens of car charging stations were hacked to show a porn website.

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The Isle of Wight currently has three electric car charging parks, all of which were affected by the hack. Drivers who visited the charging points in Quay Road, Ryde, Cross Street, Cowes and Moa Place were all met with pornographic images where the network's own website should be.

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According to Sky News, the issue was first reported to the Isle of Wight County Press newspaper on Sunday after residents reported mechanical issues with one of the charging ports. The paper then reported the issue to the local council, which offered its apologies.

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"We are saddened to learn that a third-party web address displayed on our electric vehicle (EV) signage appears to have been hacked," they said. "The council would like to apologise to anyone who may have found the inappropriate web content and for any inconvenience from charge points out of action."

They continued: "The charge points were originally part of the Charge point Genie network but ownership was transferred and they became part of the GeniePoint network. The displayed web address had a redirect to new website, so until now had not been an issue.

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"The council website has the new geniepoint.co.uk link and is up to date.

"A council officer will be visiting the EV signage today and tomorrow to ensure the third party web address is covered up."

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