Security automation is hot topic for attackers and the attacked

Amid the clamor over continued evidence that security tools are failing to protect systems and data, there is a growing belief that #machine learning and new techniques in automation may actually improve defenses against #attacks. The problem is that criminal hackers are using automation too and, so far, the results have been ominously effective. High profile attacks are on the rise This point was reinforced further with the news this week of two major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that wiped out the website of security researcher Brian Krebs and overwhelmed the network of hosting service OVH. The OVH attack, which has been reported as the largest in the history of the Internet, was apparently driven by a sophisticated botnet (a network of malicious computers) which leveraged more than…


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