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Researchers Take an AI Approach to Text CAPTCHAs

December 07, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

Researchers at Lancaster University in the UK and Northwest University and Peking University in China have found a way to get around CAPTCHA security with new artificial intelligence, according to research published in a paper titled Yet Another Text Captcha Solver: A Generative Adversarial Network Based Approach. The research findings were presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2018 in Toronto. “Text-based captchas are extensively used to distinguish humans from automated computer programs,” researchers wrote. “While numerous alternatives to text-based captchas have been proposed, many websites and applications still use text-based captchas as a security and authentication mechanism. These include the majority of the top-50 popular websites ranked by alexa.com as of April 2018, including Google, Microsoft, Baidu, and many others.” Researchers asserted that their approach to an effective text CAPTCHA solver requires far few...