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PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks


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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed the Shadow Figment technology to extend beyond typical honeypot technology, employing artificial intelligence to keep attackers decoyed in an imaginary world that mimics the real world.

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Shadow Figment technology is designed to contain cyberattacks by luring hackers into artificial environments and feeding them false indicators of success.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed Shadow Figment to extend beyond typical honeypot technology, employing artificial intelligence to keep attackers decoyed in an imaginary world that mimics the real world.

Shadow Figment adds credibility to its false-success signals through an algorithm that learns from observing the real-world system where it is deployed, and responds to attacks in a seemingly plausible manner by using an interactive clone of the system.

PNNL's Thomas Edgar said, "Our intention is to make interactions seem realistic, so that if someone is interacting with our decoy, we keep them involved, giving our defenders extra time to respond."


From Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (06/02/21) Tom Rickey
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