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[ISN] Researchers mimic board game to bolster computer security
By Antone Gonsalves
July 02, 2013
University researchers have built a program that mimics the way people
play the memory game Concentration, opening the possibility of improving
computer security by distinguishing human behavior from bots.
The study, conducted by North Carolina State University researchers, sets
the groundwork for one day being able to integrate within software highly
accurate bot-detection programs to prevent computer fraud.
Bots are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet.
While having legitimate purposes, such as fetching information from
websites for search queries, bots are also used by scalpers to buy large
quantities of tickets from ticketing sites and to infiltrate online
in-game economies to amass virtual currency.
The NCSU researchers set out to see whether they could simulate people's
thought processes in playing Concentration, a solitaire game in which
cards are arranged facedown on a grid and a person tries to find matching
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