Cyberattacks using artificial intelligence have begun

The era of artificial intelligence-powered cyberattacks has begun, which threatens to compound the already difficult task of identifying and stopping them, researchers are warning.

And though such attacks are rare right now, cybersecurity firms say that they will only grow in the future as the technology matures and advances.

Cybersecurity firm Darktrace, Inc., detected a never-before-seen attack earlier this year on a client’s company in India using rudimentary machine learning in order to observe and learn patterns of normal user behavior inside a network, according to CEO Nicole Eagan.

The software then began to imitate that normal behavior, allowing it to blend into the background and become much harder for security tools and software to find.

Darktrace said it wouldn’t discuss the case in any greater detail.

While it wasn’t clear what the purpose was behind the attack, Eagan said it opens up many disturbing possibilities for the future.

“We do imagine that there will be a time when attackers use machine learning and artificial intelligence as part of the attack. We have seen early signs of that,” she said.

There are already indications that machine learning is being used in cyber attacks. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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