Seven supercomputers competed in a contest to find software vulnerabilities

DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge held its final round on Thursday.

Giant refrigerator-sized supercomputers battled each other on Thursday in a virtual contest to show that machines can find software vulnerabilities.

It represents a technological achievement in vulnerability detection, at a time when it can take human researchers on an average a year to find software flaws.

Thursday s contest, called the Cyber Grand Challenge, was a step in that direction.

All the machines were brought together to compete in Las Vegas at DEF CON, a cybersecurity event where human hackers have annually played the Capture the Flag game for years.

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