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Multi Tree View of Complex Attack – Stuxnet

  • Shivani Mishra
  • Krishna Kant
  • R. S. Yadav
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 176)

Abstract

Stuxnet attack on critical infrastructures is considered as paradigm shift in malware attack approach. The complexity and sophistication involved in this attack make it unique. Attacking approach of the malware, on control infrastructures, is a motivation for academic research. This paper describes the application of the Attack Tree methodology to analyze Stuxnet attack on SCADA system. Root node of the Attack Tree represents the major goal of an attacker and branches represent sub goals. The authors have identified six major goals to penetrate SCADA system, and then have built Attack Trees which demonstrate step by step activity to achieve these goals and sub goals. For each such sub goal, we have found several common categories of attacks which make Stuxnet attack successful and are used to analyze those components of control infrastructure which are susceptible to attacks.

Keywords

Malware Stuxnet SCADA Control infrastructures Attack Trees Attack Goal Attack Sub Goal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSEDMotilal Nehru National Institute of TechnologyAllahabadIndia
  2. 2.Computer Engineering and Applications DepartmentGLA UniversityMathuraIndia

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