Attacks Against Machine Learning – An Overview

Attacks against machine learning – an overview

At a high level, attacks against classifiers can be broken down into three types: Adversarial inputs, which are specially crafted inputs that have been developed with the aim of being reliably misclassified in order to evade detection. Adversarial inputs include malicious documents designed to evade antivirus, and emails attempting to evade spam filters. Data poisoning attacks, which involve feeding training adversarial data to the classifier.

The most common attack type we observe is model skewing, where the attacker attempts to pollute training data in such a way that the boundary between what the classifier categorizes as good data, and what the classifier categorizes as bad, shifts in his favor. The second type of attack we observe in the wild is feedback weaponization, which attempts to abuse feedback mechanisms in an effort to manipulate the system toward misclassifying good content as abusive (e.g., competitor content or as part of revenge attacks). Model stealing techniques, which are used to âstealâ (i.e., duplicate) models or recover training data membership via blackbox probing.

This can be used, for example, to steal stock market prediction models and spam filtering models, in order to use them or be able to optimize more efficiently against such models.