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New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

17
Apr
2014

If there’s one thing more annoying than passwords, it’s CAPTCHA puzzles that websites use to screen out robots from registering for accounts. However, Google has just developed a new algorithm that’s able to read its own CAPTCHA puzzles with 99% accuracy, which is obviously a problem since CAPTCHA puzzles are designed to be used by humans only. “For more than a decade, CAPTCHAs have used visual puzzles in the form of distorted text to help webmasters prevent automated software from engaging in abusive activities on their sites,” Google writes. “Turns out that this new algorithm can also be used to read CAPTCHA puzzles — we found that it can decipher the hardest distorted text puzzles from reCAPTCHA with over 99% accuracy. This shows that

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