Over 30 years after the ‘first’ attack, the cyber threat landscape reaches the next evolution: offensive AI

Over 30 years after the ‘first’ attack, the cyber threat landscape reaches the next evolution: offensive AI

The world’s’ first cyber-attack’ hit the headlines in 1988. It was the Morris Worm – a personal project of the Harvard graduate Robert Tappan Morris which came to infect an estimated 10% of the 60,000 computers online at the time, prompting a seismic shift in attitudes to computer security.

Three decades later, cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of our age. Cyber-crime has rapidly evolved from an academic research project into a global marketplace of professional cyber-crime services, and on the geopolitical stage, governments have turned to hyper-advanced cyber-attack tools that can start in cyber space and lead to physical damage and disruption to their adversaries’ critical infrastructure.

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