The data transmitted via the network may be vulnerable to cyber attacks in networked inverted pendulum system (NIPS), how to detect cyber attacks is a challenging issue. To solve this problem, this paper investigates a honeypot-based attack detection method for NIPS. Firstly, honeypot for NIPS attack detection (namely NipsPot) is constructed by deceptive environment module of a virtual closed-loop control system, and the stealthiness of typical covert attacks is analysed. Secondly, attack data is collected by NipsPot, which is used to train supported vector machine (SVM) model for attack detection. Finally, simulation results demonstrate that NipsPot-based attack detector can achieve the accuracy rate of 99.78%, the precision rate of 98.75%, and the recall rate of 100%.