A Coordinated Multi-Switch Attack for Cascading Failures in Smart Grid Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper explores distributed smart grid attack strategies to destabilize power system components using variable structure system theory. Here, an opponent is able to remotely control multiple circuit breakers within a power system, say through data corruption or communication network attack, to destabilize target synchronous generators through application of state-dependent breaker switching. In contrast to attack via a single breaker, the multi-switch case provides additional degrees of freedom that can lead to stealthier and wide-scale cascading failures. We provide a dynamical systems context for formulating distributed multi-switch strategies and execute such attacks on the New England 10-generator 39-bus test system. 2010-2012 IEEE.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, S., Chen, B. o., Zourntos, T., Kundur, D., & Butler-Purry, K.

citation count

  • 88

publication date

  • May 2014