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Report: NSA Developing "MonsterMind," An Autonomous Cyber Defense Program

 4:28 pm on Aug 13, 2014 (gmt 0)

According to the Wired interview with Edward Snowden, this system would identify and defend automatically from malicious attacks. Pretty smart, eh!

The NSA whistleblower says the agency is developing a cyber defense system that would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US, and could be used to launch retaliatory strikes as well. The program, called MonsterMind, raises fresh concerns about privacy and the government’s policies around offensive digital attacks.

Although details of the program are scant, Snowden tells WIRED in an extensive interview with James Bamford that algorithms would scour massive repositories of metadata and analyze it to differentiate normal network traffic from anomalous or malicious traffic. Armed with this knowledge, the NSA could instantly and autonomously identify, and block, a foreign threat.Report: NSA Developing "MonsterMind," An Autonomous Cyber Defense Program [wired.com]

Here's the full interview with Edward Snowden



 3:52 am on Aug 14, 2014 (gmt 0)



 12:30 am on Aug 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

Then maybe another government or organization will create a rival MonsterMind and there will be a war between them. Or maybe a future MonsterMind will go haywire and wipe out most of the web. Sounds like Sci-Fi

brotherhood of LAN

 12:33 am on Aug 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

Yeah, hope it's better than those micro trading algos that have shown to crash the market on occasion.


 12:55 am on Aug 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

Sounds cool. Unfortunately it is very much a content free claim when it comes to specifications and methodology. It will keep the Wired mob happy as they ooh and aaaw while slurping their lattes. :)


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