Robust Intelligence Raises $14M To Make AI to Fool Potential Hackers

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(NEW YORK)–Robust Intelligence, a new startup led by Harvard Professor Yaron Singer, and his students, have raised $14 million for their startup to utilize AI to trick wanna-be hackers.

The Company is launching an AI firewall and a “red team” offering, which functions like an adversarial attacker. The firewall works by wrapping around an organization’s existing AI model to scan for contaminated data via Robust’s algorithms.

The other product, called Rime (or “Robust Intelligence Machine Engine”), performs a stress test on a customer’s AI model by inputting basic mistakes and deliberately launching adversarial attacks on the model to see how it holds up.

For example, Singer says, a check for $401 can be manipulated by adding a few pixels that are imperceptible to the human eye yet cause the AI model to read the check erroneously as $701. “If fraudsters get their hands on checks, they can hack into these apps and start doing this at scale,” Singer says.

The startup has established headquarters in San Francisco and announced recently that it had raised $14 million in a seed and Series A round led by Sequoia Capital.

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