Feeds

Animated CAPTCHA tech aims to fox spambots

Wiggly words will weduce web wexation

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Replacing text puzzles featuring distorted letters with videos as a roadblock against the automated creation of web accounts can reduce user frustration while offering improved security, according to a Canadian start-up.

CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) have been used for some years to prevent the automated sign-ups to webmail accounts and the like. Users typically have to identify distorted letters depicted in an image. Over the years miscreants have devised techniques to break the process in order to create ready-to-spam accounts from reputable providers that are far less likely to be automatically blocked.

The sign-up for new accounts is automated, but solving the CAPTCHA puzzles themselves is tasked to the human cogs in 21st century sweatshops, often based in India, where workers are paid as little as $4 a day to defeat security checks.

Canadian firm NuCaptcha aims to rewrite the rules of account validation checks with a new video-based CAPTCHA system. Users are asked to identify moving text on a video background. The firm also offers a voiceover audio option for the partially sighted or colour-blind.

The technology is designed to work on a range of computing devices including hardware that doesn't support Flash, such as iPads, ReadWrite Web reports.

NuCaptcha reckons the technology is easier to use than traditional text-based CAPTCHAs, which have a 25 per cent registration abandonment rate, according to one recent academic study. The firm also claims to be able to detect automated attempts to solve its puzzles, throttling the speed of videos and making puzzles trickier to solve in cases of suspected abuse, as explained below.

Animation enables NuCaptcha to increase security features such as closely packing letters together; creating text that is very difficult for software, specifically Optical Character Recognition, (OCR) to solve compared to current products in the field. In contrast, the animation makes the CAPTCHA far easier for humans to solve, because humans are attuned to perceiving motion.

In addition, the NuCaptcha Platform utilizes behavioral intelligence to deliver very easy CAPTCHAs to legitimate users and increasingly difficult CAPTCHAs to attackers.

The first product on the NuCaptcha Platform, NuCaptcha Basic, a freemium security service for websites and blogs that offer up to 25,000 CAPTCHAs per month, was launched on Wednesday.

More details of the technology can be found on the NuCaptcha website here. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.