Program fighting computer viruses without human intervention

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Plazma Inferno!, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Scientists at the government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will bring together a group of the world’s best computer security experts to see if they can tip the scales in the good guys’ favor for once.
    Dubbed the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC), the event will determine if an autonomous program can hunt for security vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit to attack a computer, create a fix that patches that vulnerability and distribute that patch — all without any human interference.
    If all goes well, the CGC could mean a future where you don’t have to worry about viruses or hackers attacking your computer, smartphone or your other connected devices. At a national level, this technology could help prevent large-scale attacks against things like power plants, water supplies and air-traffic infrastructure.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/darpa-grand-cyber-challenge-hacking-000000417.html
     
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  3. someguy1 Registered Senior Member

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    Why couldn't someone take the same program and use it to exploit the vulnerabilities it finds, rather than repair them? It seems like the same amount of work either way. As always, the human element is decisive. A tool can be used for good or evil.
     
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