How the US military is training machines to protect its digital assets

By now we’re all familiar with the story of the unassuming computer hacker-turned-superhero. It’s a favorite Hollywood trope that’s played out in movies like The Matrix, WarGames, and on the small screen with Mr. Robot – a hit USA network television drama. But if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has its way, both security analysts and hackers alike could well find themselves being replaced by machines. An ongoing DARPA project, one with a goal of using artificial intelligence to tackle security issues, is now beginning to bear fruit and may soon muscle out the human competition in these arenas. To get a view of the front lines in this story, one need not penetrate any secret government bunkers or fortified data centers. Instead, the action is proceeding directly beneath…


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