How and why do we attack our own Anti-Spam?

We often use machine-learning (ML) technologies to improve the quality of cybersecurity systems. But machine-learning models can be susceptible to attacks that aim to “fool” them into delivering erroneous results. This can lead to significant damage to both our company and our clients. Therefore, it is vital that we know about all potential vulnerabilities in our ML solutions and how to prevent attackers from exploiting them.

This article is about how we attacked our own DeepQuarantine ML technology, which is part of the Anti-Spam system, and what protection methods we deployed against such attacks. But first, let’s take a closer look at the technology itself.

DeepQuarantine is a neural network model designed to detect and quarantine suspicious e-mails. It buys Anti-Spam system time to update our spam filters and do a rescan. The DeepQuarantine process is analogous to the work of an airport security service. Passengers who arouse suspicion are taken away for additional screening.

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Source: Kaspersky