Croatian brainboxes deploy calculus-based CAPTCHA
Boffins at Croatia's Ruđer Bošković Institute are confronting surfers with difficult maths problems as an alternative to conventional CAPTCHA conundrums.
Web users signing up for new accounts are typically asked to decipher the text in a jumbled up image and input the results into a dialogue box. The challenge-response test is designed to frustrate the automation of web service enrollment and needed because, for example, webmail accounts are a useful tool for spam distribution.
Text-based CAPTCHAs are by for the most frequent form of this reverse Turing test, though image-based approaches are sometimes applied.
The Croatian brainboxes, however, have discarded all that by confronting would-be users of a random bit generator service with a difficult calculus conundrum.
Refreshing the page, however, generates a much simpler problem...
Would-be users of such a service are likely to be cryptographers or others versed in the more obscure mathematical arts, perhaps. The puzzle is perhaps more easily solved by computers than humans.
I recall a story from the 80's, where an Eastern European student union wanted to keep the secret police out of their club rooms, so they instituted a password challenge: "What is the derivative of x squared?". After a while, the secret police figured out that "2x" got them in, so the student union changed the question to "What is the derivative of y squared?". Which worked.
I think you mean...
it was easy, 20 years ago!
I cant answer that..
I'm obviously not human!
Dammit, been found out.
Beep - Destroy all humans - Beep.