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    OT: image passwords
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday March 13 2004, @02:15PM (#13191)
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    GoDaddy was already using randomly generated password images for their web WHOIS access to stop data-mining, so this is nothing new. Many other registrars now do the same thing, although GoDaddy was the first registrar I know of to do so. Not that GoDaddy invented it or anything, the same technique has been in use for a few years with some search engines who were getting hit with automated mass site submissions (called spamdexing).

    You'll note that the images are obscured in some fashion so as to fool automated optical character recognition. When the search engines first started using image text it wasn't obscured and it wasn't long before those who don't play nice got around that. I'm not convinced that many of the current image schemes couldn't be similarily bypassed. Most sites make use of alphanumeric characters that are at least similar to each other and OCR software can be taught to recognize a given font. I have also seen sites where a given image has a unique name (eg. the letter 'a' is called 123.gif, 'b' is 124.gif) so a request for an image could also be parsed and responses automated. -g

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    Re:OT: image passwords
    by dmehus on Monday March 15 2004, @07:31AM (#13197)
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    Yeah, they were using it for their Whois database for many months; however, it's good to see the random image verification used for processing petition forms. It's a good use of it.

    Did you sign? ;)

    Cheers,
    Doug
    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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