Mayhem is a machine that can automatically detect, exploit, and patch cybersecurity vulnerabilities

Most large companies recognize the value these hackers offer to the tech industry, and have set up lucrative “bug bounty” programs to reward them for their efforts depending on the severity of any disclosed bugs.

Traditionally, the process of bug-hunting is something that is mostly handled by human beings. After all, nothing can beat a real person’s attention to detail – right? Not quite, according to a new report from IEEE Spectrum.

Written by security researcher David Brumley, the report describes the rise of what might be one of the worlds’ most impressive automated white-hat hacking machines.

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