Microsoft, Google Use Artificial Intelligence to Fight Hackers

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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.

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Chalk one up to a new generation of artificially intelligent software that adapts to hackers’ constantly evolving tactics. Microsoft, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Inc. and various startups are moving away from solely using older ‘rules-based’ technology designed to respond to specific kinds of intrusion and deploying machine-learning algorithms that crunch massive amounts of data on logins, behavior and previous attacks to ferret out and stop hackers.

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How Microsoft, Google use AI to fight hackers

‘Machine learning is a very powerful technique for security ‘ it’s dynamic, while rules-based systems are very rigid,’ says Dawn Song, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Artificial Intelligence Research Lab. ‘It’s a very manual intensive process to change them, whereas machine learning is automated, dynamic and you can retrain it easily.’

Hackers are themselves famously adaptable, of course, so they, too, could harness machine learning to create fresh mischief and overwhelm the new defences. 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 favour of the good guys.

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  • Publisher: TechCentral
  • Date: 2019-01-04T04:44:27+00:00
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The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence in 2019

If we learned anything in 2018 it’s that algorithms and social platforms are under regulated, can easily be weaponized and that cybersecurity is an accelerating threat.

We learned that Huawei, a state sponsored technology company in China is considered a national security risk by the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany and maybe Canada and the United Kingdom.

We also learned that Google and Microsoft sell their services to the U.S. government, many times against the wishes of their own employees and best ethical judgement. The trend of putting profits over ethics and integrity is very dangerous for humanity.

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  • Publisher: Medium
  • Date: 2018-12-29T14:10:56.343Z
  • Author: Michael K Spencer
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