Cloudflare Introduces AI-Driven Firewall to Prevent Exploitation of AI Models

Cloudflare is working on a special firewall to protect against attacks that use artificial intelligence (AI). This new tech aims to keep generative AI models safe from cyber threats. Cloudflare is using its AI tools for this defense strategy.

The company's AI firewall is designed to catch harmful activities before they happen. It's a kind of firewall that blocks bad internet traffic. This firewall will follow usual security rules but also check the requests made to AI services to spot dangers early.

Cloudflare has noticed that AI models, like the ones that chat or create content, can be tricked into doing harmful things or leaking information. Their AI firewall will first check user inputs before they get to the AI. It will look for risky requests and remove any private details to protect users' privacy.

However, this firewall might also limit what users can ask the AI. It's made to stop AI from creating harmful or misleading answers. Cloudflare wants to block requests that could make the AI say something bad. They're careful about "prompt injection," where bad inputs make the AI do unwanted things. But it's not clear how this will affect normal user requests.

Cloudflare is also starting a service called "Defensive AI." This service uses AI to check websites for threats that use AI. Cloudflare's CEO, Matthew Prince, said using AI to fight AI threats is essential now.

Research shows AI can be misused in new ways, like spreading malware that can copy itself. Tests found that an AI email helper could be tricked into sending spam or stealing personal info.

Cloudflare's efforts to create an AI firewall and use AI for security are responses to these new challenges. They're trying to make sure that as AI becomes more common, it can be used safely without risking privacy or security.

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