A.K.A. Let’s see how difficult it is to write a script that programmatically solves one of the most popular WordPress Captcha plugins. [tl;dr: It’s not very hard at all.]
So, I stepped away from this blog for a brief period of time and, upon return, noticed an aggregation of spam comments throughout many of my posts. Blog spam is an ongoing epidemic but one that I didn’t put much consideration into when creating this blog. In fact, I did nothing more than install the #1 ranked plugin when searching “WordPress Captcha” on Google. This plugin, developed by BestWebSoft, calls on users to complete rudimentary math problems before registering or submitting comments. At first glance, I applauded its simplicity when compared to the much more infuriating image deciphering ploys common with captcha services.