Effects of Jamming Attacks on Wireless Networked Control Systems Under Disturbance

Ahmet Cetinkaya, Hideaki Ishii, Tomohisa Hayakawa

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Jamming attacks on wireless networked control systems are investigated for the scenarios where the system dynamics face exogenous disturbance. In particular, the control input packets are assumed to be transmitted from a controller to a remotely located linear plant over an insecure wireless communication channel that is subject to jamming attacks. The time-varying likelihood of transmission failures on this channel depends on the power of the jamming interference signal emitted by an attacker. We show that jamming attacks can prevent stability when the system faces disturbance, even if the attacked system without disturbance is stable. We also show that stability under jamming and disturbance can be achieved if the average jamming interference power is restricted in a certain way that we characterize in the paper. We illustrate our results on an example networked control system with a fading wireless channel, where the outage probability is affected by jamming attacks.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Closed loop systems
  • Interference
  • Jamming
  • Networked control
  • Networked control systems
  • Probabilistic logic
  • Signal to noise ratio
  • Wireless communication
  • cyber-security
  • disturbance
  • jamming interference
  • wireless networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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