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New Genre of AI Programs Take Hacking to Another Level

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Data storage servers at Advania's Thor Data Center in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.

IBM has uncovered the existence of artificial intelligence-based hacking programs that can get past top-tier defensive measures.

Credit: Sigtryggur Ari/Reuters

At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM revealed the existence of a variety of artificial intelligence (AI) hacking programs that could get past top-tier defensive measures.

IBM researchers say the AI-driven programs can be trained to remain dormant until they reach a specific target.

A demonstration of IBM's DeepLocker software exploited publicly available photos of a target in conjunction with a hacked version of videoconferencing software that activated only when it detected the target's face.

Said IBM's Marc Ph. Stoecklin, "We have a lot of reason to believe this is the next big thing. This may have happened already, and we will see it two or three years from now."

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