Artificial intelligence-powered malware is coming, and it’s going to be terrifying

Artificial intelligence will open the door to ever-more devastating attacks — but the most effective ones may be the most subtle, Darktrace’s Dave Palmer says. China Photos/Getty Images Imagine you’ve got a meeting with a client, and shortly before you leave, they send you over a confirmation and a map with directions to where you’re planning to meet. It all looks normal — but the entire message was actually written by a piece of smart malware mimicking the client’s email mannerisms, with a virus attached to the map. It sounds pretty far out — and it is, for now. But that’s the direction that Dave Palmer, director of technology at cybersecurity firm Darktrace, thinks the arms race between hackers and security firms is heading. As artificial intelligence becomes more and…


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