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Visual Verification: Audio CAPTCHA Broken, How Will Web Site Operators Respond?

May 6, 2008 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In the article Google’s Audio CAPTCHA Cracked, PC Magazine is reporting impending security challenges for a technology on which we depend in order to reasonably accomodate our need for equal access and participation on the Internet. While companies obviously work to improve the security and usability of visual CAPTCHA, what action will they take toward the blind and visually impaired? Will they improve audio CAPTCHA or will they restore the dreaded “No Blind People Allowed” signs that still bar us from admission to many web sites? How much more difficult has it now become to convince others to unlock their doors to us? As always, comments are welcomed and encouraged.

2 opinions on “Visual Verification: Audio CAPTCHA Broken, How Will Web Site Operators Respond?

  1. I think that as audio CAPTCHA’s are cracked, it is going to be once again, segrigation or non-equal access to services as blind people depending on how you call it. As this becomes more common, then we really can’t argue our point. because like in history, everything has to be backed up with evidence. If this cracking of audio captcha becomes widely spread, then sites will not use it. Who knows, we may return to those old gloomy days. How ever, for the for seeable future, we should hope that this does not present an impact on companies, and that we can still persuade companies to use an audio alternative for the blind and visually impaired.

  2. Ah yes, once again the age old problem of the bad guys ruining it for the good guys. Our culture does so much to minimize the damage done by bad people that they make like infinitely harder for good people. If there weren’t so many spammers in the world, there wouldn’t be a need for Captcha at all.

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