In The Future, We’ll Leave Software Bug Hunting to the Machines

In the fictional cyberpunk card game Netrunner, there is Ice, and there is AI. Ice protects computer servers from attack, while the AI’s job is to break in. For the most part, this happens on its own, pitting computer against computer. It is an autonomous, intelligent arms race—one that, in our world, does not, yet, exist. But for over the past two years, a handful of researchers, hackers, and reverse engineers have been working to bring this reality to life. Or, at least, lay its foundations. “Being able to protect the entire cyber attack surface that is present in our lives, and doing it entirely manually, is a herculean task,” says David Melski, the vice president of research at computer security software developer GrammaTech. His company, along with professors from…


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