DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge pitted machine against machine in an effort to find the best in autonomous computer security. In the end, Mayhem was the big winner.
After three years of planning and lead-up contests, the finals of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) to show the best in autonomous computer security concluded with a win by the Mayhem system from the ForAllSecure team, which won the $2 million grand prize. The Xandra system finished in second place, winning $1 million, while the Mechaphish system placed third, claiming $750,000.
The three systems finished at the top of a field of seven systems that battled for 8 hours in front of an audience at the DefCon security conference here Aug. 4. There was live play-by-play and color commentary of the last hours of the contest from a broadcast booth.
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