Securing Power Distribution Grid Against Power Botnet Attacks

Lizhi Wang, Lynn Pepin, Yan Li, Fei Miao, Amir Herzberg, Peng Zhang

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Abstract

A botnet is a collection of internet-facing devices that are compromised and controlled by a malicious hacker. In this paper, we propose an attack utilising a botnet of high-wattage internet-facing devices, which we call a power botnet. Power botnet attacks can decrease the reliability of power supply, damage the power quality and even cause catastrophic consequences in power distribution grid. To study the effects on power distribution systems, we simulate three different types of power botnet attacks using OpenDSS, and show the change of OLTC lifespans under attacks. We then use deep learning methods to detect these attacks. We show successful detection for two of these attacks and a low detection rate for the third attack. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper to consider power botnet attacks, and leverage deep learning methods to detect these attacks on power distribution grids. Future work such as detection schemes for more complicated power botnet attacks will be developed based on the results of this work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119816
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019
Event2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2019 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2019Aug 8 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
Volume2019-August
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2019
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period8/4/198/8/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Wang, L., Pepin, L., Li, Y., Miao, F., Herzberg, A., & Zhang, P. (2019). Securing Power Distribution Grid Against Power Botnet Attacks. In 2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2019 [8974098] (IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting; Vol. 2019-August). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/PESGM40551.2019.8974098