Impact of false data injection attacks on PMU-based state estimation

Sagnik Basumallik, Sara Eftekharnejad, Nathan Davis, Brian K. Johnson

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9 Scopus citations


Reliable operation of smart power grids depends on situational awareness made possible by real time system monitoring and accurate system condition estimation. Unfortunately, the tools used for real time system monitoring, which include supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and phasor measurement units (PMU), are vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to the necessity of network connectivity. In this paper, the primary focus is given to the kind of cyber-attack in which a malicious entity injects false data into the power system which replaces or augments measurement data. We aim to study the impact of these false data injection attacks on PMU devices to determine and estimate the risks they represent. Two different scenarios are investigated, with and without redundancy of PMU measurements. Potential operator actions after a combined cyber-physical attack on the grid are also studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626993
StatePublished - Nov 13 2017
Event2017 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2017 - Morgantown, United States
Duration: Sep 17 2017Sep 19 2017

Publication series

Name2017 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2017


Other2017 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • False data injection
  • Phasor measurement units
  • State Estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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