India's underground CAPTCHA-breaking economy


7 Responses to “India's underground CAPTCHA-breaking economy”

  1. jorel314 says:

    “Ultimately Captchas are useless for spam because they’re designed to tell you if someone is ‘human’ or not, but not whether something is spam or not. Just because something came from a real human being doesn’t mean it isn’t spam, which is why content-based solutions like Akismet are the only long-term solution to the spam problem.”

    - Matt Mullenweg

    via Guardian:

  2. Sork says:

    The only machine test I trust is the Voight-Kampff. But I have to admit it is more time consuming than captcha.

  3. Takuan says:

    what about the gallows? Hang a few spam kings and be done with it. I still get a warm glow thinking about that Russian.

  4. help i cant comfirm my username themelonbread says:

    They’re actually paying people to break captchas? Why don’t they just make porn sites and require captcha breaking for access to the images, like in that one story that I think I saw on BB this past year…

  5. Takuan says:

    I wonder about a society where people are cheaper than bots.

  6. wbklyn says:

    I’m not sure how reading and typing amounts to “solving”. But why not bring these great jobs home?

  7. Rob, Denmark says:

    CAPTCHAs annoys me to no end.

    Someone should make a plug-in to Firefox that works like this:

    Whenever you are met by a CAPTCHA, you right-click, and the plug-in sends the CAPTCHA to an Indian data-center, where it is solved and returned to the plug-in, ready to be pasted into the CAPTCHA-form.

    I would pay a dollar for just 100 CAPTCHAs, ten time what they make today.

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