Lost at Sea: Assessment and Evaluation of Rootkit Attacks on Shipboard Microgrids

Suman Rath, Andres Intriago, Shamik Sengupta, Charalambos Konstantinou

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Abstract

Increased dependence of the maritime industry on information and communication networks has made shipboard power systems vulnerable to stealthy cyber-attacks. One such attack variant, called rootkit, can leverage system knowledge to hide its presence and allow remotely located malware handlers to gain complete control of infected subsystems. This paper presents a comprehensive evaluation of the threat landscape imposed by such attack variants on Medium Voltage DC (MVDC) shipboard microgrids, including a discussion of their impact on the overall maritime sector in general, and provides several simulation results to demonstrate the same. It also analyzes and presents the actions of possible defense mechanisms, with specific emphasis on evasion, deception, and detection frameworks, that will help ship operators and maritime cybersecurity professionals protect their systems from such attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, ESTS 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages534-541
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665465151
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, ESTS 2023 - Alexandria, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2023Aug 4 2023

Publication series

Name2023 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, ESTS 2023

Conference

Conference2023 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, ESTS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAlexandria
Period08/1/2308/4/23

Keywords

  • comprehensive defense strategies
  • malware
  • Rootkit
  • shipboard microgrids
  • threat landscape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Optimization

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