Collaborating Authors

This Next 'Super Weapon' Could Make Atomic, Thermonuclear Bombs a Thing of the Past


Atomic and thermonuclear bombs are now things of the past, as self-learning artificial intelligence systems could become the new super weapon of the 21st century, French futurist Jean-Christophe Boon said. "To me, it seems that it will be artificial intelligence systems," Bonn said during a press conference in Kaspersky Lab. He further explained that artificial intelligence systems could not be traced, unlike uranium, plutonium, and other radionuclides. Artificial intelligence could enhance threat detection, shorten defense response time, and improve ways of distinguishing real efforts from those that can be ignored.

Pentagon preps cyberattack in case Russia interferes with elections


There may not be any immediate evidence of Russia directly meddling with the US midterm elections, but the Department of Defense is apparently ready to strike back if it happens. Anonymous officials talking to the Center for Public Integrity and the Daily Beast say the Pentagon and intelligence agencies have agreed on the core terms of a retaliatory cyberattack in the event Russia tries a bold move. The exact nature of the attack is unsurprisingly a secret, but hackers have reportedly received authority to breach key Russian systems in advance to make sure any attack moves quickly. It's also uncertain just what would be serious enough to prompt a retaliatory hack, but the White House had indicated that it would have to be more than an opinion manipulation campaign. That most likely means altering vote counts, preventing votes or interfering with registration.

Australian report warns of possible damaging cyberattacks

The Japan Times

CANBERRA – Extremist groups could have the capabilities to launch damaging cyberattacks on Australia within three years, a government report on the nation's cybersecurity said on Wednesday. Such groups seeking to harm Western interests currently pose "a low cyberthreat," despite demonstrating a savvy understanding of social media and exploiting the internet for propaganda purposes, the Australian Cybersecurity Center report on current threats said. While their cybercapabilities were "rudimentary" and capable of compromising only poorly secured, internet-connected services, they showed signs of improving significantly in the near future, the report said. "It is unlikely terrorists will be able to compromise a secure network and generate a significant disruptive or destructive effect for at least two or three years," the report said. Minister assisting the prime minister for cybersecurity, Dan Tehan, described the threat of extremist cyberattack as "real."

IT leaders turn to AI to defend against AI-powered cyberattacks


"Critical component" Some 91 percent of cybersecurity professionals are worried that next-generation cyberattacks will be based around AI, a study from Webroot found. As TechRepublic reports, most of the experts surveyed said they will defend against AI-based attacks using more AI. Almost all the businesses (99%) intending to use AI are optimistic it will improve their cybersecurity responses. The technology is being used in three key ways to augment existing anti-malware solutions. These percentages aren't the same across the globe.

Tokyo police to create dedicated unit targeting cyberattacks

The Japan Times

The Metropolitan Police Department will establish a new division April 1 dedicated to fending off cyberattacks, authorities decided Monday. The cyberattack response center, to be set up within the MPD's Public Security Bureau, will be staffed with some 100 officers. Tokyo will be the first local government nationwide to have a police division solely dedicated to cyberattacks. The center will have two deputy chiefs, one in charge of public-private cooperation in preventing damage from attacks from spreading and the other leading investigations into the hacks. Currently, a team of less than 100 officers at the bureau's general affairs section is working to respond to computer-based attacks.