Bits | Firms Pit Artificial Intelligence Against Hacking Threats

Photo An employee’s computer screen at AnchorFree Inc. in Menlo Park, Calif.Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times Sometimes the best way to stop a bad machine is with a lot of good machines. Several companies are applying the techniques of artificial intelligence, or A.I., to the world of security, and they are using a whole bunch of machines strung together in so-called cloud computing networks to do it. Originally the province of university researchers and now one of the ways Google and other companies figure out what is going on across the web, A.I. technology is being employed by security companies who say they can beat criminals by using many of the same strategies. Much as Google examines websites for significant information and watches the behavior of people…


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