Demonstration of man in the middle attack on a feeder power factor correction unit

Lenos Hadjidemetriou, Georgios Tertytchny, Hazem Karbouj, Charalambos Charalambous, Maria K. Michael, Marios Sazos, Michail Maniatakos

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Abstract

Cyber security of distribution power systems is of an increasing and pressing importance due to the fast modernisation of current systems. Cyber attacks on distribution power systems may aim to operate the system inefficiently, steal private smart meter data or cause intentional false tripping of few or all feeders. In this paper, a Man in The Middle (MiTM) attack on a power factor correction unit is implemented and demonstrated to overload a distribution feeder and cause an intentional false tripping of the entire feeder causing regional blackout. Experimental implementation of the attack is carried out in a laboratory-scale setup using commercial power equipment under different loading conditions to demonstrate the effectiveness of this attack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2020 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe, ISGT-Europe 2020
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages126-130
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728171005
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2020
Event10th IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe, ISGT-Europe 2020 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: Oct 26 2020Oct 28 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe
Volume2020-October

Conference

Conference10th IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe, ISGT-Europe 2020
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period10/26/2010/28/20

Keywords

  • Cyber-physical attack
  • Inverters
  • Man in the middle attack
  • Power factor correction
  • Smart grid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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