Progressive Switching Attacks for Instigating Cascading Failures in Smart Grid Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper we present a progressive strategy for applying a multi-switch cyber-physical attack on emerging smart grid systems. In contrast to a single switch attack, recently studied, we demonstrate how the additional degrees of freedom available to an opponent can be used to induce cascading failures throughout a power system in a stealthy way. A framework based on variable structure system theory is presented in which targeted attacks can be constructed. Attack execution is simulated on the New England 10-generator 39-bus test system using DSATools™ to demonstrate the potential of the approach to achieve high impact disruption. © 2013 IEEE.

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • January 2013