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AI Worm Developed by Researchers Spreads Automatically Between AI Agents

AI Worm Developed by Researchers Spreads Automatically Between AI Agents

Researchers have created a generative AI worm, dubbed Morris II, purported to autonomously propagate between AI systems without human intervention. This worm is designed to seek out vulnerabilities in artificial intelligence agents and exploit them to facilitate its spread, mimicking the behavior of biological viruses or worms in computer networks. The autonomous character of Morris II allows it to spread swiftly, as it does not require an attacker's commands after initial deployment. This type of AI-to-AI infection is a concerning development in cybersecurity, highlighting the potential for AI systems to be compromised and used against other AI entities, potentially leading to a cascade of failures across interconnected systems. Morris II's developers aim to address the need for robust defense mechanisms by using the worm to simulate attacks on AI networks, thus helping researchers understand potential threats and develop more secure AI systems. This initiative underscores the importance of anticipatory measures to safeguard AI from novel forms of cyber threats that could compromise not only individual AIs but cascading systems that rely on artificial intelligence.

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