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But it may be premature to declare CAPTCHA technology dead (Photo: Maen Zayyad/Shutterstoc...

San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup Vicarious has announced that it has developed software algorithms which can solve CAPTCHAs up to 90 percent of the time. Though CAPTCHAs are any automated test which differentiates between humans and computers, they often take the form of strings of partly distorted letters and numbers which many websites use to check that a visitor is human, the idea being that a computer cannot read the disguised text while a human (hopefully) can. It’s this type of CAPTCHA that Vicarious’s algorithms are designed to beat, and the high success rate renders the current standard of text-based CAPTCHAs ineffective, the company claims.  Read More

The Civil Rights Captcha employs questions concerning civil and political rights to ward o...

Loathe it as we do, the captcha goes a long way to preventing websites from being inundated with spam comments produced by nefarious software. However, there’s room for improvement, and rather than tasking a user with a series of random words which must be entered in order to be allowed to comment on a website, the Civil Rights Captcha employs an empathy test to measure whether you pass muster.  Read More

Newly-developed software has been shown to pick out deceptive online reviews with almost 9...

One of the great things about the internet is the fact that everyday people can share what they know with the entire world, so if they’ve had a particularly good or bad experience with a business or product, they can notify everyone via customer review websites. The flip-side of that, however, is that business owners can plant fake reviews on those same sites, that either praise their own business or slam their competition. Well, confused consumers can now take heart – researchers from Cornell University have developed software that is able to identify phony reviews with close to 90 percent accuracy.  Read More

Global spam levels drop significantly after rogue ISP taken offline

Ars Technica reports that there has been a marked (albeit temporary) drop in global spam levels following the shutdown of two rogue ISPs and an international spam operation. The three takedowns have all occurred within the last six weeks and are the result of work by security researchers and network professionals.  Read More

Spam on the Menu at ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006

December 7, 2006 China's booming markets and the explosion in high-speed networks globally are creating plenty of optimism at the ITU Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong this week. Mobile phones and wireless networks now reach about one-third of humanity as worldwide, about 215 million consumers use some sort of broadband network to retrieve content on the Internet, while 60 million subscribers, mostly in Asia, use mobile broadband networks. It is the first time that ITU Telecom World is not held in Geneva, Switzerland, reflecting Asia's strong market potential. One of the highlights of this year’s ITU Telecom World 2006 is a one day event being held tomorrow entitled "Countering Spam Cooperation Agenda". Key international and regional organizations invoIved in the fight against spam will gather to discuss greater collaborative efforts to combat spam and related threats.  Read More

The Noble Art of Scambaiting Volume II

March 6. 2007 In an article entitled The Noble Sport of Scambaiting last June, we paid homage to the sublime skills of Shiver Metimbers, the administrator of scambaiting information resource 419Eater. Scambaiting is the sport of scamming the would-be scammer and although vigilantism has its downsides, it’s hard to see scambaiting as anything but a noble pastime and some of the better efforts truly are priceless. As we concluded at the time, should Scambaiting ever become an Olympic sport, Shiver Metimbers would be a Gold Medal contender. His latest effort is truly outstanding having tricked scambaiters into performing Monty Python’s Dead parrot comedy sketch for the camera. Mister Metimbers, we salute you! Via The Spam Diaries  Read More

Bill Gates Outlines Technology Vision to Help Stop Spam

Microsoft Outlines Policy and Technical Proposals Aimed at Helping Contain The Spam Problem, Including the Development of Caller ID for E-Mail  Read More

Spam now more than 50% of emails

If email is the internet's killer-app, then the growing prevalence of spam (unsolicited bulk email) is throttling the internet's most compelling benefit. Increasingly, spam is choking mailboxes and costing millions of person-hours a year...  Read More

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