Now anyone can fool reCAPTCHA
Researchers have created an automated system to solve Google’s reCAPTCHA auditory challenges.
Poor, poor prove-you’re-a-human reCAPTCHA tests – also known as Completely Automated Procedures for Telling Computers and Humans Apart – they get no respect!
The point of reCAPTCHA challenges is to act as a gate that lets humans through but stops or slows down bots (software robots), so a bot that can solve a CAPTCHA automatically defeats the whole object of reCAPTCHA. And yet, that’s precisely what keeps happening. There are three kinds, and they’ve all been automatically kicked over by researchers:
- Image Challenge: when Google makes you select related images from a set.
- Audio Challenge: when you need to enter numbers that are read out loud.
- Text Challenge: when you need to pick all the phrases that match a given category.