Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Virtual Stripper Helps Spammers Thwart Bot Traps


  • Please log in to reply

#1
Major Payne

Major Payne

    Retired Staff

  • Retired Staff
  • 5,307 posts
Hackers frustrated at graphical CAPTCHAs that block automated access, entice unwitting users to break the code.

Spammers are using a virtual stripper as bait to dupe people into helping criminals crack codes they need to send more spam or boost the rankings of parasitic Web sites, security researchers said Tuesday.

A series of photographs shows "Melissa," no relation to the 1999 worm by the same name, with progressively fewer clothes and more skin each time the user correctly enters the characters in an accompanying CAPTCHA (Completely Automatic Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart), the distorted, scrambled codes that most Web mail services use to block bots from registering hundreds or thousands of accounts. Spammers rely on Web e-mail accounts because they're disposable; by the time filters have blocked the address, the spammers throw it away and move on to another.

The CAPTCHAs that Melissa feeds to users are, in fact, legitimate codes snatched from Yahoo Mail's signup screens, said analysts at Trend Micro Inc. The hackers, frustrated at their inability to come up with a way to automate account registration, are getting users to do their dirty work.


More...


Ron
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
Tal

Tal

    Trusted Helper

  • Retired Staff
  • 2,138 posts
:) That is a good way, though, you've got to give it to them.

I hate these CAPTCHAs, they're sometimes REALLY annoying to read. I mean, REALLY, why do I have to re-type everything 3 times? Isn't it better, say, to ask - what's in the picture, what kind of color is this, etc....
  • 0

#3
Major Payne

Major Payne

    Retired Staff

  • Topic Starter
  • Retired Staff
  • 5,307 posts
Never met a CAPTCHA where I had to enter it three times. You must not be a human. :) There are some CAPTCHA now that are meeting Accessibilty guidelines by providing an audio CAPTCHA. Maybe that will work for you when more sites try to meet Section 508.

Ron
  • 0

#4
Tal

Tal

    Trusted Helper

  • Retired Staff
  • 2,138 posts

Never met a CAPTCHA where I had to enter it three times. You must not be a human. :) There are some CAPTCHA now that are meeting Accessibilty guidelines by providing an audio CAPTCHA. Maybe that will work for you when more sites try to meet Section 508.

Ron


There are annoying CAPTCHAs where you have to do everything in the correct case. Or, I mix up Os and 0s, and such. And the audio stuff? Microsoft has them. It doesn't support Firefox though, so for me --> it's not working.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP