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Energy Larceny-Breaking into a solar power plant

SCADA hacking
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With the advent of renewable energy in the recent years, the need for scaling up the energy production for the masses has seen a rise. This calls for automation and computer systems integration. This translates to systems such as SCADA which are used to monitor and control large scale engineering sytems such as a solar power farm. Therefore, industrial systems such as these can be remotely controlled via a network/internet which makes use of servers, ethernet cables and wireless devices. These are networks which are always vulnerable to threats over the internet. SCADA, for example, was developed and grew in popularity in the 1960s. Till date, there have not been much upgrades in its architecture to tackle cyber threats faced in the 21 st century. These are primitive control systems which can be easily penetrable due to their lack of focus on defense against theft of property. European nations which have large budgets for renewable energy systems include the scandinavian countries and Germany, being its largest consumer uses 50% of its entire power supply from solar power plants. In the east, China, Japan and India are seeing a rise in green energy production. Also, the largest internet user groups happen to be from these countries. This calls for power distribution to be accessible via the internet. Electricity being a resource that will soon become the de facto crucial resource to power up automobiles or IOT controlled homes and buildings, can be exploited by simply eliminating a single row of solar modules. This causes a domino effect, which in worst case, would eventually cause a black out. I will be discussing the methods employed to attack, manipulate a solar power plant, and finally disrupt its distribution of power.

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