Availability attacks on computing systems through alteration of environmental control: Smart malware approach

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Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate the feasibility of smart malware that advances state-of-the-art attacks by (i) indirectly attacking a computing infrastructure through a cyber-physical system (CPS) that manages the environment in which the computing enterprise operates, (ii) disguising its malicious actions as accidental failures, and (iii) self-learning attack strategies from cyber-physical system measurement data. We address all aspects of the malware, including the construction of the self-learning malware and the launch of a failure injection attack. We validate the attacks in a data-driven CPS simulation environment developed as part of this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICCPS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems
EditorsGowri Sankar Ramachandran, Jorge Ortiz
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362856
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 16 2019
Event10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, ICCPS 2019, part of the 2019 CPS-IoT Week - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Apr 16 2019Apr 18 2019

Publication series

NameICCPS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

Conference

Conference10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, ICCPS 2019, part of the 2019 CPS-IoT Week
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period4/16/194/18/19

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Keywords

  • CPS
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Cyber Security
  • Malware

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture

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Chung, K., Kalbarczyk, Z. T., & Iyer, R. K. (2019). Availability attacks on computing systems through alteration of environmental control: Smart malware approach. In G. S. Ramachandran, & J. Ortiz (Eds.), ICCPS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (pp. 1-12). (ICCPS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3302509.3311041