Captchas Dying vs. The Red Queen

Matt Burgess’ October 2017 article in Wired, entitled “Captcha is dying. This is how it’s being reinvented for the AI age” is worth reading.  A high level survey of the history and misadventures of the CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), the broken aspect of each evolution of the…

DDoS for Bitcoins : DD4BC Extortionists

Tracy Kitten’s recent article on DDoS for Bitcoins (DD4BC) shows the evolution of DDoS attacks into a form of criminal extortion. The advice of law enforcement agencies is: “Don’t pay. File a complaint. Contact your ISP.” This is the online version of the classic protection racket, except that instead of Lewie the Leg Breaker visiting…