Breaking Audio CAPTCHAs

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Breaking Audio CAPTCHAs
CAPTCHAs are computer-generated tests that humans can pass but current computer systems cannot. CAPTCHAs provide a method for automatically distinguishing a human from a computer program, and therefore can protect Web services from abuse by so-called "bots." Most CAPTCHAs consist of distorted images, usually text, for which a user must provide some description. Unfortunately, visual CAPTCHAs limit access to the millions of visually impaired people using the Web. Audio CAPTCHAs were created to solve this accessibility issue; however, the security of audio CAPTCHAs was never formally tested. Some visual CAPTCHAs have been broken using machine learning techniques, and we propose using similar ideas to test the security of audio CAPTCHAs. Audio CAPTCHAs are generally composed of a set of words to be identified, layered on top of noise. We analyzed the security of current audio CAPTCHAs from popular Web sites by using AdaBoost, SVM, and k-NN, and achieved correct solutions for te...
Jennifer Tam, Jirí Simsa, Sean Hyde, Luis v
Added 30 Oct 2010
Updated 30 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where NIPS
Authors Jennifer Tam, Jirí Simsa, Sean Hyde, Luis von Ahn
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