Thursday, November 01, 2007

Deep-Sixing CAPTCHA

PC Magazine reports: "Recently, RMG Technologies made big news when a judge barred the company from producing and distributing software that, apparently, enables ticket brokers to buy tons of tickets for resale. The software uses 'bots' to find and purchase ticket blocks at sites like Ticketmaster, despite the fact that the site uses varied online safeguards designed to block this kind of activity. The judges took action after parents across the U.S. started complaining that they were getting boxed out of coveted Hannah Montana tickets."

Wikipedia explains a CAPTCHA as "a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether the user is human. "CAPTCHA" is a contrived acronym for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart".

If you still don't know what a CAPTCHA is. Have you ever been asked to transcribe distorted letters and numbers from a graphic on web site? Well that's it. According to the article, they now have a program that can read that mess displayed in the graphic.
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