Vulnerability analysis of large-scale dynamical networks to coordinated attacks

Sai Pushpak, Amit Diwadkar, Makan Fardad, Umesh Vaidya

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We study the vulnerability of large-scale linear dynamical networks to coordinated attacks. We consider scenarios in which an attacker can tamper with the links connecting the network components and can also manipulate input injections at the nodes. When these two types of attacks take place simultaneously, the attack is referred to as a coordinated attack. We assume that network links are attacked with a certain probability and that malicious data is injected at the input ports. We employ Markov jump linear systems to model link-based attacks and the system input matrix to model data injection attacks. System theoretic vulnerability metrics developed in earlier work are used to analyze network vulnerability to coordinated attacks. These measures of vulnerability allow us to characterize the impact of coordinated attacks and the difficulty associated with detecting them. Finally, we analyze the vulnerability of coordinated attacks on the New England 39 bus power network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2014 Australian Control Conference, AUCC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781922107398
StatePublished - Dec 16 2015
Event4th Australian Control Conference, AUCC 2014 - Canberra, Australia
Duration: Nov 17 2014Nov 18 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2014 Australian Control Conference, AUCC 2014


Other4th Australian Control Conference, AUCC 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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