Spam fighters have come up with an idea to frustrate the automatic creation of email accounts often used to send spam.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have designed software which acts as a gatekeeper, blocking computerised creation of accounts with Web mail services.
The idea is to use a form of Turing Test to distinguish humans for Web robots, called captchas (completely automated public Turing tests to tell computers and humans apart).
Well its about stinking time. Though I do have to snicker a bit when I read that “West Bloomfield bulk e-mailer Alan Ralsky, who just may be the world’s biggest sender of Internet spam, is getting a taste of his own medicine.” – Freep Tech
As I said in a comment on the Redwood Dragon blog where I found this article “I love a story with a happy ending … sniff …”