Electric Industry News

By Claire Volkwyn
Smart Energy International Author
Posted on August 24, 2018

Could fridges and other smart appliances be leveraged against the power grid using manipulation of demand via IoT (MadIoT) attacks? Yes, according to recent research by Princeton University researchers, Saleh Soltan, Prateek Mittal, and H. Vincent Poor.

Speaking at the Usenix Security Symposium, the team explained how devices such as smart fridges and air conditions could be used to attack the grid.

BlackIoT: IoT Botnet of High Wattage Devices Can Disrupt the Power Grid, reveals a new class of potential attacks on power grids, called MadIoT attacks, "that can leverage such a botnet in order to manipulate the power demand in the grid."

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