DARPA Hacking Tournament-Machine Vs Machine
Over the years we have seen an incredible growth in the Internet usage on desktops, resulting in the growth of computers. Along with the growth in the internet users came growth in Malware vulnerabilities. Things have now moved on rapidly from the Internet usage on desktops. Now more and more devices are being connected to the internet, be it a pacemaker, refrigerator, every other device is connected to the internet in one way or the other, this is called IoT(Internet of Things). Here every other device is connected to the internet making it vulnerable and hackable. The few known vulnerabilities like Heartbleed, POODLE and GHOST have remained undetected for decades. The bugs or vulnerabilities are currently detected by humans, researchers feel that such events happen so quickly its not possible for humans to react. Hence the need to develop automated defences. With this vision in mind, DARPA has come up with a mission to build a smart Artificial Intelligence System that will automatically seek and kill security threats in a system. In their quest for this mission, DARPA has hosted the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC).
The Cyber Grand Challenge involves a competition to tests wits in computer security through open competition on the global Capture the Flag (CTF) tournament circuit. Capture the flag is a speed driven bug hunting contest where each team will be given a DARPA-constructed computer powered by a thousand Intel Xeon processor cores and 16TB (terabytes) of RAM. Later each team will develop a program which uses cyber reasoning system to recognize and understand previously-undisclosed software, detect its flaws, and fix them without human intervention.
Calls were posted by DARPA on October 22, 2013, for this autonomous bug hunting contest. DARPA received over applications from over 100 teams from all over the world. Later after 3 qualifying events 7 finalists were selected who will compete against each other for the top spot.
The grand finale will be hosted at Paris Hotel ballroom at 5 pm on August 4 for over 10 hours. The winners take home $2 Million in prize money, the second and the third runner ups will get $1 Million and $750000 respectively
All codes generated along with DARPA’s own test code at the competition will be made available online under an open source license after the event closes.