In our last Newsletter we reported that the Hackers have been able to break the CAPTCHA (a contrived acronym for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart" - Trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University) on the Google Gmail sites.
Major security interests have been able to identify that the amount of SPAM coming from gmail accounts has significantly increased, and is noted by the hackers being able to read the CAPTCHA graphic.
Recently the fail of CAPTCHA was fought in the US Courts, where Ticketmaster won the default judgement against software maker RMG Technologies, for their software which was used in the recent Hannah Montana ticket fraud which was swept across the country. Ticketmaster was awarded $18.2M in the default judgment. Was this enough?
The Ticketmaster fraud for Hannah Montana occurred back in September of last year. This can only mean that the software tools for defeating CAPTCHA (trademarked by CMU) have been available for more than a year!
Since all of the Free Email hosting sites have been compromised (Read about it here
) use of these tools is not recommended. In fact, if you are in your office and you are receiving email from one of these sites, you should consider the email to be compromised first.
Most businesses want to maintain a pristine image about their ability to conduct business, even on the internet. Our services have been effective in eliminating outside threats, and maintaining a professional image. If the reason that a business is using a free email service is due to email access, then please have them contact us.
We have secure and encrypted internet access methods available for Web Based, and traditional email solutions.
For more information on CAPTCHA, we recommend also reading (Wikipedia