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Algorithm will help Google make Captcha easier for people while securing websites more effectivly

Google has been capturing images of homes and business around the world for years using its Street View technology. One of the things that Google does to pinpoint the images on the map is to decipher street names, and numbers on buildings and homes that are snapped by Street View vehicles.

Google says that the ability to make sense of the numbers in the images has been improved with a new algorithm that it has developed. Google says that its new algorithm is able to detect and read difficult Street View numbers with 90% accuracy.

Google has also found that its new algorithm can be used to beat annoying CAPTCHA images that feature distorted text and colors. CAPTCHA images are used by a number of websites around the world to ensure that a person (and not a bot) is setting up an account or entering a site.

With the new algorithm, Google found that its automated process could decipher those text puzzles with over 99% accuracy. That is more accurate than many humans that sometimes need more than one attempt to correctly answer a CAPTCHA question.

Google wrote on its online security blog, "It’s important to note that simply identifying the text in CAPTCHA puzzles correctly doesn’t mean that reCAPTCHA itself is broken or ineffective. On the contrary, these findings have helped us build additional safeguards against bad actors in reCAPTCHA."

Source: Google

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The system was getting increasingly weird
By ie5x on 4/17/2014 11:21:31 AM , Rating: 3
The captchas have become so much annoying lately. Its so difficult to identify them these days. Hope that we can put them to rest.

RE: The system was getting increasingly weird
By MrBlastman on 4/17/2014 2:43:16 PM , Rating: 3
Someplace, somewhere, a rejected Japanese videogame designer from the 1980s is shackled in a dark room buried underneath Captcha headquarters. He's fed bread and water, illuminated by a bald lightbulb overhead, chained to a metal desk with a concrete-encased computer atop it.

His job is simple--create the most absurd, reviled captcha questions fathomable by man. Whenever he succeeds he is given fifteen Geishas wrapped in tentacles bound by oath to do his bidding for a period not to exceed a week's time.

At the conclusion of this period of "feasting," he is fed the finest kobe beef, allowed to bathe in warm sake and engorge upon the purest sushi.

He's then shackled back to his iron warden and forced to club at the keys until he succeeds again. The rest of the world waits... with shotguns, bazookas and knives, for the day they get to unmask who this unnamed soul is to perpetrate unspeakable crimes against him for his brutal electronic torment he has thrown upon them.

By ie5x on 4/18/2014 2:01:06 AM , Rating: 2
just... Wow!

By Flunk on 4/17/2014 10:50:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yet another step toward Captchas being totally ineffective. I give it 5 years before there will no longer be any point in using them.

RE: Meh
By sprockkets on 4/17/2014 12:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
The spamholes already setup labor centers in india just to employ actual people to counteract captchas.

You can see that as a failure or see that as success in forcing them to employ actual humans to do their dirty work.

RE: Meh
By ammaross on 4/18/2014 10:55:34 AM , Rating: 2
Or they could have just developed an algorithm themselves.... Sure, Google can get 99% accuracy. All spammers would need is even 20% to be happy. Also, they look to circumvent things like reCAPTCHA too, such as when reCAPTCHA actually did not know one of the two words it asked you to identify, and as long as you got the known word correct, it would validate you just fine. (this was back when they were using it heavily to interpret distorted words from scanned books)

88 MPH Captcha
By Mitch101 on 4/17/2014 11:14:01 AM , Rating: 3
I wonder if the drivers are told if they are ever in a lightning storm to keep the speed under 88 Mph.

Captcha's work well for me but for the life of me I cannot decipher what the audio is saying whenever I tried the audio option.

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