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China Emerging Technologies Software Vulnerability Lifecycle

Robot Hacking Games. China’s Competitions to Automate the Software Vulnerability Lifecycle (Dakota Cary, CSET)

Software vulnerability discovery, patching, and exploitation—collectively known as the vulnerability lifecycle—is time consuming and labor intensive. Automating the process could significantly improve software security and offensive hacking. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Cyber Grand Challenge supported teams of researchers from 2014 to 2016 that worked to create these tools. China took notice. In 2017, China hosted its first Robot Hacking Game, seeking to automate the software vulnerability lifecycle. Since then, China has hosted seven such competitions and the People’s Liberation Army has increased its role in hosting the games.

Robot Hacking Games – Center for Security and Emerging Technology (georgetown.edu)