CAPTCHAs Have Been Broken

CAPTCHAs are a test that is supposed to identify you as a real person as opposed to a computer program.  Here’s an example from Google’s Blogger:

Until lately, this seemed to be working.  However, some of these CAPTCHAs have been cracked — those from Windows Live Hotmail and Gmail.  Websense Security Labs also states that there is a method for breaking the Windows Live CAPTCHA that allows the computer program to decipher the text and make a guess within 6 seconds.  Since they are right 10-15% of the time, technically, they could guess correctly once a minute.

[from Ars Technica]

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