White House Invites Hackers to Govt. AIs

According to reports, the White House is inviting army hackers, who are assembling in their meeting at Los Vegas, to attack the government’s most powerful AI system.

In May, the Biden administration threw its support behind a deliberate, coordinated test attack on AI systems, called red-teaming, set to play out over three days at an annual hacker convention this weekend. Several leading AI companies, including OpenAI, Google and Meta, agreed to have some of their latest and most powerful AI systems attacked for the exercise.

– Source: Politico

Alan Mislove, a senior official at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, told Politico “Our framing — and this comes from the president — is that to harness the opportunities of AI, we first need to manage the risks, too. For things like large language models, those risks are quite broad, in many cases can be less clear than other systems, cover our society, our economy, national security.”

Arati Prabhakar, director of the White House’s Office of Science of Technology Policy, reportedly told “It’s possible to get these models to do things that their designers and vendors do not anticipate or do not want them to be able to do. So yes, I think there are real security considerations.”

The government reportedly makes a special version of their computers that can only be accessed by certain people who know how to hack them. This includes people who have been to the conference before and students from local colleges who come to take on the challenge.