Darpa Goes Full Tron With Its Grand Battle of the Hack Bots
“All this is dress rehearsal for a $55 million hacking contest put on by Darpa, the visionary research wing of the US Defense Department. The contest is called the Cyber Grand Challenge, and it’s set for early August. Seven teams will compete inside seven supercomputers erected in a ballroom at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, each unleashing artificially intelligent software that will defend one machine—and virtually attack the rest.
No one has ever really deployed a bot like that—software that can, completely on its own, find and repair security holes in real time. If these bots reach maturity, it would be a fundamental shift in computer security. “