Thursday November, 23rd 2017

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has come up with some crazy ideas in the past, and its latest idea is to create computers that are always learning and adapting, much like humans. However, this isn^t a far-fetched idea. Mobile devices, computers, and gadgets already have artificial intelligence features, with notable examples being Apple^s Siri, Microsoft^s Cortana, and Amazon^s Alexa. But these devices can only learn and draw conclusions within the scope of information pre-programmed into systems. Existing machine-learning techniques don^t allow computers to think outside the box, so to speak, or think dynamically based on the situations and circumstances. The goal is to create computers that think like biological entities and are continually learning. Like humans, such systems would be better at making decisions by taking formerly unanticipated problems into account and adapting on the fly.

Several attacks observed over the past few months that rely heavily on PowerShell, open-source tools, and fileless malware techniques might be the work of a single group of hackers. An investigation started by security researchers from Morphisec into a recent email phishing attack against high-profile enterprises pointed to a group that uses techniques documented by several security companies in seemingly unconnected reports over the past two months. "During the course of the investigation, we uncovered a sophisticated fileless attack framework that appears to be connected to various recent, much-discussed attack campaigns," Michael Gorelik, Morphisec^s vice president of research and development.