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CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a simple test that is easy for humans but extremely difficult for computers to solve. CAPTCHA has been widely used in commercial websites such as web-based email providers, TicketMaster, GoDaddy, and Facebook to protect their resources from attacks initiated by automatic scripts. By design, CAPTCHA is unable to distinguish between a human attacker and a legitimate human user. This leaves websites using CAPTCHA vulnerable to 3rd party human CAPTCHA attacks. In order to demonstrate the vulnerabilities in existing CAPTCHA technologies the authors develop a new streamlined human-based CAPTCHA attack that uses Instant Messenger infrastructure.
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