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Monday review - the hot 32 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

It's that time of the week again - here's your roundup of everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Chess CAPTCHA - a serious defence against spammers?

Chess CAPTCHA - a serious defence against spammers?

Spammers are told they have to solve a chess puzzle before they can leave junk messages.

Ticketmaster says goodbye to CAPTCHA

Ticketmaster says goodbye to CAPTCHA

The world's largest online ticket retailer plans to stop torturing people's eyeballs by making them decipher illegible blobs of melted characters in order to prove they're carbon-based life forms.

Share via email "Friends" spam via The Daily Mail leads to 419 scam

Share via email "Friends" spam via The Daily Mail leads to 419 scam

Spammers seem not to realise that Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross stopped being Friends years ago.

Civil Rights CAPTCHA asks how you feel about gay people being beaten with sticks

Civil Rights CAPTCHA asks how you feel about gay people being beaten with sticks

If you want to put a spanner in the works of automated bots leaving spam comments on your blog, or creating fake accounts on your website, one of the things you may deploy is a CAPTCHA system.

Now one group has put a civil rights spin on things.

Facebook CAPTCHA fail

Facebook CAPTCHA fail

When CAPTCHAs fail..

A complicated calculus-based anti-spam CAPTCHA

A complicated calculus-based anti-spam CAPTCHA

Croatian eggheads are having fun with a web form designed to stretch mathematical minds and prevent spam bots.

Would you be able to complete the form?

An offensive CAPTCHA on MySpace

Offended? I may well be.

Whilst setting up a MySpace account earlier on this morning I experienced one of those "surely it can't be" moments. Having entered my personal details I proceeded to goof up the initial CAPTCHA I was presented with. (Clearly more practice Read more…