New machine learning algorithm breaks text CAPTCHAs easier than ever

ZDNet 

Academics from UK and China have developed a new machine learning algorithm that can break text-based CAPTCHA systems with less effort, faster, and with higher accuracy than all previous methods. This new algorithm -developed by scientists from Lancaster University (UK), Northwest University (China), and Peking University (China)- is based on the concept of GAN, which stands for "Generative Adversarial Network." GANs are a special class of artificial intelligence algorithms that are useful in scenarios where the algorithm doesn't have access to large quantities of training data. Classing machine learning algorithms usually require millions of data points to train the algorithm in performing a task with the desired degree of accuracy. A GAN algorithm has the advantage that it can work with a much smaller batch of initial data points.