Targeted hacking is potentially the most malicious and destructive type of surveillance in history. In the hands of rogue intel, all details are laid bare before them. ? TN Editor
The nightmare scenario for computer security – artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses – may already have arrived.
That warning from security researchers is driven home by a team from IBM Corp. who have used the artificial intelligence technique known as machine learning to build hacking programs that could slip past top-tier defensive measures. The group will unveil details of its experiment at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
State-of-the-art defenses generally rely on examining what the attack software is doing, rather than the more commonplace technique of analyzing software code for danger signs. But the new genre of AI-driven programs can be trained to stay dormant until they reach a very specific target, making them exceptionally hard to stop.