Physical System Consequences of Unobservable State-and-Topology Cyber-Physical Attacks

This paper studies the physical consequences of a class of unobservable state-and-topology cyber-physical attacks in which both state and topology data for a sub-network of the network are changed by an attacker to mask a physical attack. The problem is formulated as a two-stage optimization problem, which aims to cause overload in a line of the network with limited attack resources. It is shown that unobservable state-and-topology cyber-physical attacks as studied in this paper can make the system operation more vulnerable to line outages and failures.

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IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )