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A little striptease for your Web passwords?


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don77

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In a new online striptease, the buxom, beautiful blonde who promises to remove her slinky scraps of lingerie doesn't want your money. She's interested in your brain. Really.

The creation of online scammers, she's trying to trick unsuspecting Internet users into helping the scammers break the online barriers that banks and e-mail services set up to thwart crooks.

The striptease is the latest attempt to defeat so-called CAPTCHA systems, which is short for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. Those safeguards require users to prove they are human by reading wavy, oddly shaped jumbles of letters and numbers that appear in an image and typing them out.


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Major Payne

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Glad it made MSNBC news, too. Don't forget to watch the video. I got a notice that spammers were working on a way to read those images so I hope someone is working on the next generation of CAPTCHA. :)

Ron

Edited by Major Payne, 19 November 2007 - 05:13 AM.

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anzenketh

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There is a Google tech talk on where he mentions this. Quite a old Google tech talk at that. http://video.google....d...35143&hl=en
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Wow. That's a good link and turned out to be more fascinating then I thought. Can't believe I listened to the full 51+ minutes, but it sure held my attention.

Ron
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Tal

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Yeah, I've read about that. Well, I can't blame the users, frankly! :)
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Troy

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But the woman never fully undresses, and after several passwords are entered the program restarts, possibly enticing unsuspecting users into trying again.

I wonder how they found this out :)
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