cyber crime: Security software specialist Symantec warns of AI …

MUMBAI: Security software specialist Symantec expects artificial intelligence-enabled cyber attacks to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses in the coming years, leading to a fullfledged arms race between cyber criminals and security.

“We think attackers are leveraging automation in building their attacks for a long time,” said Brian Witten, senior director at Symantec research labs. “In that sense, it is only a matter of time they start leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) a lot more aggressively. It will be their AI against our AI and whoever builds the smartest AI will end up winning the arms race.”

Many cyber security firms are using recent advances in AI and machine learning (ML) to secure systems and data of their clients as attacks get more complex and sophisticated causing unprecedented levels of disruption.

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