Detection of Cyber Attacks Against Voltage Control in Distribution Power Grids with PVs

Yasunori Isozaki, Shinya Yoshizawa, Yu Fujimoto, Hideaki Ishii, Isao Ono, Takashi Onoda, Yasuhiro Hayashi

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In this paper, we consider the impact of cyber attacks on voltage regulation in distribution systems when a number of photovoltaic (PV) systems are connected. We employ a centralized control scheme that utilizes voltage measurements from sectionizing switches equipped with sensors. It is demonstrated that if measurements are falsified by an attacker, voltage violation can occur in the system. However, by equipping the control with a detection algorithm, we verify that the damage can be limited especially when the number of attacked sensors is small through theoretical analysis and simulation case studies. In addition, studies are made on attacks which attempt to reduce the output power at PV systems equipped with overvoltage protection functions. Further discussion is provided on how to enhance the security level of the proposed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7112640
Pages (from-to)1824-1835
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul


  • Cyber security
  • distribution grid
  • photovoltaic power generation
  • voltage control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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