Old MacDonald Had a CAPTCHA Farm: Inside the World of Human CAPTCHA Solvers
At Are You a Human, when we talk about CAPTCHA cracking, we mostly focus on bots—those nefarious computer programs that create bogus accounts, send out spam, and snap up concert tickets for scalpers, among other things. But there’s another method for bypassing CAPTCHAs that’s been gaining in popularity over the past several years: CAPTCHA farms, where workers in developing countries are paid pennies to solve CAPTCHAs en masse.
BeatCaptchas.com, where 1,000 CAPTCHAs can be passed for just eight dollars
But while most CAPTCHAs can be quickly cheated by CAPTCHA farms, PlayThru is not so easily defeated. That’s because unlike traditional text CAPTCHAs, PlayThru isn’t just a test that’s looking for a correct answer. Our games require direct user interaction, so they can’t be passed off over the internet for someone else to “solve.”
Interested in learning more about CAPTCHA farms? Here are two helpful articles: