CAPTCHAs are an unfortunate side effect of the internet. They're those irritating collection of numbers and letters morphed into some Surrealist dreck that leaves us guessing, and guessing, and guessing. Google wants to improve all of that with updates to reCAPTCHA, a one-click solution for telling websites that you…
House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts—like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 percent accuracy. Take that,…
The CAPTCHA is a wonderful thing, but it's not without its failings. And as hackers get better and better at cracking them, a team of CMU engineers are proposing an alternative: Inkblot tests.
Captcha is the worst, and Tickmaster's particular strain of the virus is especially, well, impossible. It's changing that, though, to a system that will hopefully be more friendly to actual people trying to use it.
Have you noticed that CAPTCHAs are getting more difficult to solve? CAPTCHAs, for those who've never heard of the internet, are those annoyingly ubiquitous prompts asking you to make sense of a marginally legible string of letters to prove that you're human.
Captchas are the Internet's speed bump. They perform little function beyond slowing users down—not bots, mind you, just people. But now Google's found a way to employ the oddly-fonted phrases for a different kind of verification.
Captcha systems, those psychedelic-font phrases designed to weed out bots from users, are a staple website security. And, thanks to Stanford Researchers, they may be quickly becoming completely useless.
Is it just me or have Captchas gotten insanely freaking impossible these days? I mean, I can't even make out if I'm supposed to type in a letter, a number or a hieroglyphic. Annoying! We need a new Captcha method. What about drawing a shape?
Scientists at Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems recently published a paper describing a two-part method to improve password security.
A man visited the official White House website to send a message to President Obama. At the bottom of a form he was asked, as part of the automated verify-you're-a-human process, to type two squiggly words. The words? "Rape Baracks."
I don't know what prompted Aram Bartholl to stick CAPTCHA code art in public places, but I like to imagine him announcing that you may not continue walking down a sidewalk before reading an alphanumeric sequence out loud.
Cracking Yahoo's CAPTCHA human verification may have been a major security-breach milestone, but now bots have been tag-teaming in pairs to crack Google's Gmail human test too, which they currently can pull off one in five attempts. During the crack, they also appear, somewhat snarkily, to read Google's help pages,…
You know those anti-spam tests that make you enter funny characters to prove you're a human? Well, non-humans can finally fake their way into systems using the "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart" too—even Yahoo's pretty secure system, according to new reports.
You know the test you have to take on Digg or Facebook, the one that proves you're a human? You see a hard-to-read word or string of gibberish, and you type in the correct characters. Carnegie Mellon researchers decided to replace randomly generated words with actual words from ancient manuscripts, words that machines…