Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Robot Tricks Humans Into Reading Captchas

"Trojan tricks users into reading captchas"
The H Online (October 29, 2007)

You may have read about this already.

Captchas (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) - those weirdly-displayed letters and numbers that email services, blogs, and websites use - are pretty effective at telling the difference between the difference between a human being and a robot.

So, now there's a trojan that picks out a legitimate website that uses captchas and a human being. The human is typically shown a free striptease, where all (he) has to do is read a captchas for each piece of clothing.

I suspect that it's fairly effective at bypassing the 'good sense' circuits for human males between the ages of about 12 and 125.

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