Dec 23 2015 Ukraine Power Outage

On December 23, 2015, the first ever cyber-attack that resulted in the physical loss of power to a customer occurred in Ukraine. Initial reports suggested that a total of 5 independent electric utilities were compromised.

  • Remotely changed firmware running on assets
  • Programming the uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) which provide backup power to the control center to shutdown power to the center once attacked was launched.
  • Wiper virus that started to erase machines
  • Locked out the HMI screen of Control Center Operators
  1. R. Lee, M. Assante, and T. Conway, “Analysis of the Cyber Attack on the Ukrainian Power Grid, Defense Use Case,” E-ISAC, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Washington, DC, March 2016.