High impact false data injection attack against real-time pricing in smart grids

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The emerging proliferation of information and communication technology throughout the electricity grid enables technologies, such as Demand Response (DR) schemes, eventually creating a Smart Grid. This development is expected to produce effective DR systems where consumers get reduced electricity costs while their utility companies reduce their costs of services due to peak demand reductions with increasing efficiency. False data injection/data integrity attacks on these systems can potentially result in sub-optimal solutions for a majority of users while a potentially malicious subset of users receives benefits. Furthermore, such attacks might also affect the resilience of the Smart Grid. In this paper, we depicted a novel high impact FDIA and evaluate how an adversary can use a targeted strategic data integrity attack in order to get financial benefits through a realtime based pricing scheme. Our experimental results show how a small percentage of overall demand increase can lead to a significant cost reduction for the adversary. Based on our results we elaborate on the significance of this type of false data injection attacks on general distributed DR schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2019 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (ISGT-Europe)
EditorsVirgil Dumbrava, Mariacristina Roscia
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538682180, 9781538682173
ISBN (Print)9781538682197
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventIEEE/PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe 2019 - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 29 Sept 20192 Oct 2019
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/8892271/proceeding (Proceedings)


ConferenceIEEE/PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe 2019
Abbreviated titleISGT Europe 2019
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  • Demand response
  • False data injection attacks
  • Real-time pricing
  • Smart grids

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