Published on January 3rd, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Artificial Intelligence Vs. the Hackers
Machine-learning algorithms watch hackers’ behavior and adapt to their evolving tactics.
Last year, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, the admin wasn’t on vacation. A hacker had broken in.
Illustration by Benjamin Lemoine
Microsoft quickly alerted its customer, and the attack was foiled before the intruder got too far.
Hackers are themselves famously adaptable, of course, so they too could harness machine learning to create fresh mischief and overwhelm the new defenses. For example, they could figure out how companies train their systems and use the data to evade or corrupt the algorithms. The big cloud services companies are painfully aware that the foe is a moving target but argue that the new technology will help tilt the balance in favor of the good guys.