Cyber-Attacks and Mitigation in Blockchain Based Transactive Energy Systems

Carlos Barreto, Taha Eghtesad, Scott Eisele, Aron Laszka, Abhishek Dubey, Xenofon Koutsoukos

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Abstract

Power grids are undergoing major changes due to the rapid adoption of intermittent renewable energy resources and the increased availability of energy storage devices. These trends drive smart-grid operators to envision a future where peer-to-peer energy trading occurs within microgrids, leading to the development of Transactive Energy Systems. Blockchains have garnered significant interest from both academia and industry for their potential application in decentralized TES, in large part due to their high level of resilience. In this paper, we introduce a novel class of attacks against blockchain based TES, which target the gateways that connect market participants to the system. We introduce a general model of blockchain based TES and study multiple threat models and attack strategies. We also demonstrate the impact of these attacks using a testbed based on GridLAB-D and a private Ethereum network. Finally, we study how to mitigate these attack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE Conference on Industrial Cyberphysical Systems, ICPS 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages129-136
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728163895
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 10 2020
Event3rd IEEE Conference on Industrial Cyberphysical Systems, ICPS 2020 - Virtual, Tampere, Finland
Duration: Jun 10 2020Jun 12 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2020 IEEE Conference on Industrial Cyberphysical Systems, ICPS 2020

Conference

Conference3rd IEEE Conference on Industrial Cyberphysical Systems, ICPS 2020
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityVirtual, Tampere
Period6/10/206/12/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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