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Arati Prabhakar: DARPA Develops New Info, Systems Protection Methods

Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has begun to develop fresh methods intended to secure Internet-based information and systems from cyber attacks, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Jim Garamone writes that DARPA is working on a software system that the agency wants to be impossible to hack and would reduce the attack surface for hackers.

“What that means is there is a mathematical proof that this particular function can’t be hacked from a pathway that wasn’t intended,” Arati Prabhakar, DARPA’s director, told a summit on Wednesday.

DARPA also seeks to identify Internet users who plan to do malicious activities and also establish patterns among websites, according to the report.

“We were able to find a set of phone numbers that were very heavily linked to each other in back page ads where the sex trade is advertised,” Prabhakar said.

She added that law enforcers were able to find phone numbers used in various criminal activities and involved in fund transfers in North Korea, the report says.

Prabhakar said authorities are also working to “find a human trafficking network” using those numbers, Garamone reports.

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