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Electric vehicle charging stations vulnerable to cyberattacks, union minister Nitin Gadkari hints


Parliament was informed on Thursday that electric vehicle charging stations are just as vulnerable to cyber attacks and cyber security incidents as any other technology application.

In a written response to the Lok Sabha, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which is tasked with tracking and monitoring cyber security incidents in India, has received reports of vulnerabilities in electric vehicle-related products and applications. charging stations.

“The government is fully aware and aware of various cyber security threats and is actively taking steps to combat the issue of piracy,” Gadkari said.

He said that according to the information reported and tracked by CERT-In, the number of cybersecurity incidents during 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 is 2,08,456; 3,94,499; 11,58,208; 14,02,809 and 13,91,457, respectively.

Responding to a separate inquiry, the Minister of Land Transport and Highways said Rs. 147 lakh has been disbursed as compensation to the victims of hit-and-run cases in the current financial year up to February.

The Ministry has notified the compensation of those affected by car accidents, 2022.

Provides for increased compensation for the victims of hit-and-run accidents, Rs. 50,000 (in case of serious injury) and Rs. 2,00,000 (in case of death) including the detailed procedures for obtaining this compensation.

Responding to another question, Gadkari said the ministry has set a higher target of 12,200 km for the construction of national highways during the current fiscal year compared to the previous three fiscal years.

“The targets for establishing health facilities for the fiscal year 2023-24 have not been completed,” he added.

The Minister informed that there are 19 projects costing Rs. 21,864 crore in arrears due to delay in land acquisition.

Joanna Swanson

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