How startup Darktrace uses AI to hook cybercriminals

Big names like Softbank and KKR back the $825m startup that protects networks against increasingly sophisticated hackers. Here's why even a coffee machine can be a point of vulnerability.

It sounds like the stuff of fiction shady, unseen cybercriminals target organisations using points of vulnerability so bizarre and mundane it's almost impossible to imagine them as a risk coffee machines, refrigerators ... even, in one case, a fish tank.

In the age of the so-called 'internet of things' with scores of devices offering a point of entry to an organisation's networks defending against cyberattacks has moved beyond the traditional 'gatekeeper' role, which relied on passwords, firewalls and human interaction.

Instead, artificial intelligence is required to monitor and plug vulnerabilities across an organisation. At the forefront of this trend is US-British startup Darktrace, a five-year-old company...

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