Chinese tech giant Tencent claims to have found a “significant security loophole” in TensorFlow, a machine-learning platform developed by Google, which could expose programmers to “huge risks” when editing code using the system, Caixin reports.
Tencent said in a statement that the security loophole is possible because hackers could create malicious software to control or destroy users’ original artificial intelligence program. “The potential danger of the loophole is huge as ordinary hackers could execute attacks at a low cost, rendering users defenseless due to the alluring nature” of the software, the statement said.
Google released TensorFlow in November 2015 as a free platform that can be used in machine-learning applications such as neural networks and robotics. The platform is used by major companies including eBay, Airbnb, Twitter, Uber, Xiaomi and ZTE, according to TensorFlow.