Tor Accuses CloudFlare Of Blocking Its Network

Content provider CloudFlare is no stranger to the spotlight, with being accused of protecting pro-ISIS by Anonymous causing it some issues. Now it would seem that they are instead on the throwing end of a claim, saying that requests they get from the Tor network (a network designed around allowing anonymous browsing on the web) are malicious 94 percent of the time. Tor accuses CloudFlare of mischaracterizing their users and blocking its network, with it going so far as to impact normal traffic.

Tor claims that its users are often getting stuck in CAPTCHA loops or outright failures, stopping them from accessing content in even the simplest of ways. In external research, Tor states that CloudFlare was found to block at least 80 percent of IP addresses from its service, with the number increasing over time. The CAPTCHA loop is caused by a measure CloudFlare has introduced that requires users of the Tor network to fill out CAPTCHA’s, but only users of the Tor network will see these.

Tor isn’t happy about this accusation and wants to see evidence regarding their 94 percent figure. Many are wondering how they reached this figure, or even how they deem if a connection is trustworthy. With so many people now using networks and systems like Tor, blocking or making the experience worse for users can’t be seen as a positive step when it comes to providing content.

Google Redesigns reCaptcha To Make Them Easier For Humans To Read

Over the past few years that you’ve completing reCaptchas to sign up to websites, complete orders and a few other things, how many times have you had to squint just to try and work out what the second word was?

For years your average internet user has had to adjust their vision just to sign up to the simplest of websites and Google had no answer for it. From signing into your Gmail account to signing up to forums, reCaptcha has caused mayhem all over the internet since its invention.

The original Captchas were designed to only give you an easy answer once Google confirms that you’re a human via a cookie from their AdSense advertising program, which begs the question: why does Google need you to confirm you’re a human if you’ve already passively proved to them you’re a human?

After considering this, reCaptcha was born. A new design, new algorithm and a whole new crazy selection of illegible phrases that you’re forced to read to get your new accounts signed up for.

After Google saw the sheer amount of complaints about their current system, they’ve stepped up their game and redesigned (again!) their reCaptchas to make them more readable for humans (huzzah!).

This has no only come as a job to consumers everywhere as they no longer feel the need for reading glasses just to sign into their email accounts, but Google’s complaints have already seen a slight decrease in numbers – meaning that the new system is starting to show that it’s working!

How do you feel about these changes? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to Arstechina for the info and image!

National Federation Of The Blind Attacks CAPTCHA

The BBC brought to our attention recently that there was a petition created on the WhiteHouse.Gov website for the government to “Side with the blind over obstructionist companies to secure a Treaty for the Blind that makes books accessible globally.” which is more about books not being available to the blind. As well as the National Federation of the Blind attacking CAPTCHA.  Being visually impaired doesn’t mean that you are 100 percent blind, and to be legally blind does not mean that you can’t see. It could just be that you cannot see without glasses, or even with glasses things are extremely blurry to the point where you can only really see shapes. Making reading words extremely difficult.

People who are blind are still people, they just aren’t able to see things clearly, making them rely more on other senses. Though you are not always able to rely on your senses when CAPTCHA doesn’t function properly. Websites want to prevent programs from easily gaining access to their websites and spamming them with junk, with many of us we can figure out what a CAPTCHA says, but someone with a disability, it might not be so easy, being able to view a blurry word or words, can be extremely difficult for some. And then if you can’t understand what it says you can click to hear, which doesn’t necessarily sounds like the letters or words presented in the CAPTCHA.

Image courtesy of Captcha.tv