Spammers pay around a dollar tohuman CAPTCHA solvers for every1,000 solved CAPTCHAs.

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Imagine this: You wake to a beautiful day
in Bangladesh. You do your morning
rituals and then head off to work. You sit
down at your desk and start doing
CAPTCHAs. Thousands of them. For eight
hours.
For every thousand of them you do, you
earn between $0.80 and $1.20. Some
sources say that the pay is as low as fifty
cents per thousand. That’s a reality for
some people in Bangladesh, China, India,
and many other nations. It’s worth it to
the spammers because they take in big
enough profits (typically from scams).
The way it works is when the spam
program reaches a CAPTCHA, it sends it
to the human operator in another country
to solve. It’s hard to believe that people fall
for scams from spammers, but enough
of them do to keep the Internet’s oldest
profession alive.

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