Spammers going lo-tech

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Sophisticated spammers are paying people in India, Bangladesh, China and other developing countries to tackle the simple tests known as captchas, which ask Web users to type in a string of semiobscured characters to prove they are human beings and not spam-generating robots.

The going rate for the work ranges from 80 cents to $1.20 for each 1,000 deciphered boxes, according to online exchanges like, where dozens of such projects are bid on every week.

Why can’t these guys just buy real advertising space?

One Comment

  1. Ian

    They wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t profitable. Some idiots out there are clicking and buying.