Hackers Don’t Have to Be Human Anymore (Wired)


At the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, seven autonomous bots proved that hacking isn’t just for humans.

The Paris ballroom played host to the Darpa Cyber Grand Challenge, the first hacking contest to pit bot against bot—rather than human against human. Designed by seven teams of security researchers from across academia and industry, the bots were asked to play offense and defense, fixing security holes in their own machines while exploiting holes in the machines of others. Their performance surprised and impressed some security veterans, including the organizers of this $55 million contest—and those who designed the bots.