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​Microsoft wants Artificial Intelligence to predict if your Windows PCs will get malware

Microsoft has launched a new $25,000 malware challenge for data scientists on the Google-owned Kaggle crowdsourcing site to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that can predict what types of Windows PCs are most likely to be soon infected with malware.

The competition is being run by Microsoft’s Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Research team, with the help of academic partners Northeastern University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Researchers will need to develop a model that’s far more sophisticated than merely predicting the likelihood of imminent infection for a Windows XP machine versus Windows 10.

“The goal of this competition is to predict a Windows machine’s probability of getting infected by various families of malware, based on different properties of that machine,” Microsoft says on its Kaggle page.

Source: Liam Tung | ZDNet

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