‘Mayhem’ Wins $2M In DARPA’s AI Hacking Contest, Draws EFF Scrutiny

Here’s the highlight reel from the DARPA-sponsored “Cyber Grand Challenge” competition. Slashdot reader alphadogg writes:

Cyber-reasoning platform Mayhem pulled down the $2 million first prize in a competition…that pitted entrants against each other in the classic hacking game Capture the Flag, never before played by programs running on supercomputers. A team from Carnegie Mellon University spin-out All Secure entered Mayhem in the competition against six other programs played in front of thousands in the ballroom of the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. Most of the spectators were in town for the DEF CON hacker conference starting Friday at the same site.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote “We think that this initiative by DARPA is very cool, very innovative, and could have been a little dangerous.” Sharing their blog post about automated security research, the EFF’s staff technologist Peter Eckersley writes: EFF is asking, does research like that need a safety protocol?


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