Reverse Engineering CAPTCHAs

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Reverse Engineering CAPTCHAs
CAPTCHAs are automated Turing tests used to determine if the end-user is human and not an automated program. Users are asked to read and answer Visual CAPTCHAs, which often appear as bitmaps of text characters, in order to gain access to a low-cost resource such as webmail or a blog. CAPTCHAs are generated by software and the structure of a CAPTCHA gives hints to its implementation. Thus due to these properties of image processing and image composition, the process that creates CAPTCHAs can often be reverse engineered. Once the implementation strategy of a family of CAPTCHAs has been reverse engineered the CAPTCHA instances may be solved automatically by leveraging weaknesses in the creation process or by comparing a CAPTCHA’s output against itself. In this paper, we present a case study where we reverse engineer and solve real-world CAPTCHAs using simple image processing techniques such as bitmap comparison, thresholding, fill-flood segmentation, dilation, and erosion. We present...
Abram Hindle, Michael W. Godfrey, Richard C. Holt
Added 01 Jun 2010
Updated 01 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where WCRE
Authors Abram Hindle, Michael W. Godfrey, Richard C. Holt
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