CZ.NIC launches new projects

Prague, 3 August 2013 – The CZ.NIC Association, the administrator of the national .CZ domain, is launching a pair of projects aimed at improving the Czech Internet both for the creators of content and for actual users. The Website Scanner project, the objective of which is to uncover the most common vulnerable areas of web applications, is intended for website operators and administrators. The CAPTCHA Help service, an offshoot of the Good Code project, supports handicapped users during authorisation via image recognition. Both services are provided free to users.

The Website Scanner project helps increase Czech Internet security by collecting statistics on the occurrence of various forms of domestic web application vulnerability. CZ.NIC employees notify operators of identified problems in a final report containing recommendations for their rectification. Evaluated over the long-term, statistical data should help with the creation of preventative steps, including greater education. Aside from the actual measuring, the system is based on open source resources, including the OWASP (Open Web Application Security) Top 10 greatest risks.

Website operators and owners can request comprehensive service in the form of automatic and manual website scanning, result evaluation and final reports with a recommended approach for increasing security. Testing can be ordered for free at www.skenerwebu.cz.

Web service security using the CAPTCHA system involves the display of an image with deformed text. The user is required to copy the text correctly. The aim is to determine whether or not the user is human (e.g. not a spam robot). CAPTCHA is therefore used in the registration process for various services, for leaving commentary, etc.

“Problems can arise when visually impaired or dyslexic users are required to negotiate a CAPTCHA image. The CAPTCHA Help is intended to provide assistance in both cases. Users can send a picture of the image, a link to it or a screenshot with the image to colleagues at customer support, which is available 24/7. The user immediately receives the image by email in a highly legible form,” explains Petr Závodský, author of the original Good Code project.

More information on the service intended exclusively for users with specific needs, including the possibility to register, is available at www.captchahelp.cz.

“Colleagues from the CZ.NIC-CSIRT and CSIRT.CZ teams will provide Website Scanner services, with education in the area of Internet security being a top priority. Both projects are based on real requirements and fill the need for services that were previously missing. This is especially true for the CAPTCHA Help project, which has the potential to simplify the use of the Internet for people who truly require assistance in this specific case,” added Ondřej Filip, the executive director of the CZ.NIC Association.