Adversarial Attacks on Deep Algorithmic Trading Policies

22 Oct 2020  ·  Yaser Faghan, Nancirose Piazza, Vahid Behzadan, Ali Fathi ·

Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) has become an appealing solution to algorithmic trading such as high frequency trading of stocks and cyptocurrencies. However, DRL have been shown to be susceptible to adversarial attacks. It follows that algorithmic trading DRL agents may also be compromised by such adversarial techniques, leading to policy manipulation. In this paper, we develop a threat model for deep trading policies, and propose two attack techniques for manipulating the performance of such policies at test-time. Furthermore, we demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed attacks against benchmark and real-world DQN trading agents.

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