Supercomputers give a glimpse of cybersecurity’s automated future
Seven supercomputers competed in a contest to find software vulnerabilities
Giant refrigerator-sized supercomputers battled each other on Thursday in a virtual contest to show that machines can find software vulnerabilities.
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The result: the supercomputers time and time again detected simulated flaws in software.
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It represents a technological achievement in vulnerability detection, at a time when it can take human researchers on average a year to find software flaws. The hope is that computers can do a better job and perhaps detect and patch the flaws within months, weeks, or even days.
All the machines were brought together to compete in Las Vegas at Defcon, a cybersecurity event where human hackers have annually played the Capture the Flag game for years.