Exploits, WEB

Automation attacks

Automation attacks occur when a website permits to be accessed by something other than a human. Functionality that is often a target for automation attacks are:

> Login forms
> Registration forms
> Email forms
> Comment forms (blogs)
> Eshops and eCommerce applications
> Online polls

A common practice for protecting against automation attacks is the implementation of CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) mechanisms in your web application. A CAPTCHA is a type of challenge used in computing to ensure that the response is generated by a person. CAPTCHA protects websites against bots. A common type of CAPTCHA requires the user to type letters or digits from a distorted image that appears on the screen. Other types of CAPTCHA are:
> Simple math questions
> Common sense questions

To use CAPTCHA on your site visit the official CAPTCHA site.