Google: Bots Haven’t Broken Our Captchas Yet

As the amount of spam coming from Gmail accounts has been increasing in recent months, some have suggested that spammers have come up with a way to break past the captchas that protect Gmail with automated bots. Google, however, contends that this is simply not the case, and suggests instead that the driving force behind the increase in spam is actually low-wage workers from third-world countries being paid to get past the captchas.

Google insists that it is clearly being done by humans, and that there are easily identifiable patterns that back that up, such as the rates at which they find the spammer’s accounts during certain times in specific parts of the world. Although its not likely that bots themselves are busting the captchas, Google has said that automated software could have made the human end of the process a bit more efficient, such as the bots signing up for accounts and then emailing the captchas to actual people.

Hackers have already cracked the captchas for both Hotmail and Yahoo Mail, so is it only a matter of time before they figure out Gmail as well?  For the sake of my inbox, I sure hope not.

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11 thoughts on “Google: Bots Haven’t Broken Our Captchas Yet

  1. Its B.S. – google’s captcha has long been cracked – you can download the perl files to auto login into an account via a web browser and send email. It was released public domain.

    Also – Maybe google should “google” “Auto Google Account Creator”

  2. Google’s gmail has proven remarkably spam free thus far, use it as a back up email and the amount of spam that comes through there is zero vs the penis enlargement and cracked software ads bugging me on hosted email accounts.

  3. There is already a huge amount of low cost labour out there producing spam – why wait to break the capture with cheap labour at your disposal.

  4. Ofcourse they didn’t. Those Google Captchas have lost their original intent. “Make something easy for human to understand, very difficult for machine to understand”

    Google Captchas are damn difficult even for human beings!