The NSA Isn’t The Only One Playing Games: Enter Xylem

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“Shall we play a game?”

Via Computer World:

The U.S. Department of Defense may have found a new way to scan millions of lines of software code for vulnerabilities, by turning the practice into a set of video games and puzzles and having volunteers do the work.

Having gamers identify potentially problematic chunks of code could help lower the work load of trained vulnerability analysts by “an order of magnitude or more,” said John Murray, a program director in SRI International’s computer science laboratory who helped create one of the games, called Xylem.

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4 Comments on "The NSA Isn’t The Only One Playing Games: Enter Xylem"

  1. over2soon | Dec 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm |

    Does this mean we’ll have visual hacking interfaces in a few years? You know, like the movies.

  2. Simon Valentine | Dec 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm |

    code. lol.

    if only you knew.

  3. stomachworm | Dec 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm |

    Great, more of my tax dollars paying people to sit around playing video games. Can’t we just fire them all and put them on welfare instead? I’ll bet that it would save me money.

  4. mindofsound | Dec 12, 2013 at 11:13 am |

    If you think gaming is geeky now, this would be some full nerd-scale gaming. I can’t imagine how this game would be structured, or who would want to play it. Coders: if you’ve got skills, you can be a mad entrepreneur. Why waste your time as a pawn for the DOD?

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