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Wheels on the modbus - attacking ModbusTCP communications

Mohammed, Abubakar Sadiq, Saxena, Neetesh ORCID: and Rana, Omer ORCID: 2022. Wheels on the modbus - attacking ModbusTCP communications. Presented at: 15th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec 2022), San Antonio, TX, United States, 16-19 May 2022. WiSec '22: Proceedings of the 15th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks. New York: ACM, pp. 288-289. 10.1145/3507657.3529654

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Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) make significant use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) for control. Such SCADA systems are known to utilise insecure communication protocols such as Modbus, DNP3 and OPC DA. This leads to increased cyber risks faced in critical infrastructures, as these protocols allow threat actors to mount attacks like Denial of Service (DoS). We present a novel field flooding attack, compromising the structure of the ModbusTCP packet and disrupting a controller's interpretation of the commands sent to it. This can disrupt the ability of an operator to control hazardous operations leading to potentially unsafe scenarios.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 9781450392167
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 07:48

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