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 [wired.com...]
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