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.
reCAPTCHA tests aren’t much of a hurdle for sophisticated spammers, but they definitely inconvenience and annoy users. Yet they are in widespread use all over the place. Time to get rid of them and replace them with something better.