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Hackers turn employers! Will pay you to spread more spam
Bangalore: After facing stricter rules in the U.S, Spammers over there have started outsourcing the work to 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 humans and not a spam-generating robot.

According to online exchanges like Freelancer.com, where dozens of such projects are bid on every week, these spammers are paying 80 cents (35.43) to $1.20 (Rs 53.14) per 1,000 deciphered boxes.

Luis von Ahn, a Carn egie Mellon computer science professor who was a pioneer in developing captchas, estimates that thousands of people in developing countries, primarily in Asia, are solving these puzzles for pay. But internet firms like Google say that they do not worry a lot about people being paid to decode captchas because they are one of several tools that websites use to secure themselves. Some sites, for instance, might also send confirmation codes as text messages to cellphones, which then have to be entered into a separate verification page before new email accounts are activated.

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Posted by:saurabh - 04 May, 2010
15:
Ha ha ha. good example of spamming in a spamming article :D
Nitin H Replied to: saurabh - 13 May, 2010
16: please tell me..........how these hackers are benefited by spreading spams.....
Posted by:vineet - 29 Apr, 2010
17: actually i feel paise se badkar yeh duniya mein kuch nahin.
Yeh Generation toh phelhe se hi dangerous hain.funda yeh hain ki fyada kaise liya jaye......
Posted by:Rushita - 28 Apr, 2010
18: First of the articles title is so misleading.
1.Why use the term "hackers" for everything ? Spamming is a totally different thing to spamming.

Spamming is not targeted attack like hacking. Spamming is used for spreading a message or marketing.Silicon India Editos must know atleast the basic difference,

This news is so 2007. Captcha's like the recaptcha and DLE Captcha's were unreadable by bots until 2007 to early 2008.Now the bots and alogrithms with spammers are clever enough to break the captcha automatically.
Infact in 2010 these auto captcha breaking services are available online.

No one types in these captcha's now, lol Wake Up
Posted by:Arulprakash Ravindran - 28 Apr, 2010
19:
Leaving aside the spammers, calling the intruding freaks as HACKERS is a total wrong usage. Use CRACKERS instead. Hacking is improving something and making it more efficient. (Eg. usages: "I am a GCC Hacker", "I hacked my Emacs to show CPU usage on the corner" etc) Read the article 'How to become a Hacker' by Eric S Raymond.
Varun Replied to: Arulprakash Ravindran - 28 Apr, 2010
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Posted by:Piyush - 28 Apr, 2010
22:
Well said
Amit Replied to: Piyush - 28 Apr, 2010
23: Crazy hackerz
In India NASSCOM needs ethical hackers bcoz of these crazy guyz HaHa
Posted by:Joulan - 28 Apr, 2010
24: i would say these people are just wasting time for such low paid jobs.. they should invest time atleast in some good projects so that they can increase their knowledgebase and so comes experience which can fetch them good demand in the market...
Posted by:srinath - 28 Apr, 2010
25:
may be for you it is low paid job, I work as a SEO and member of freelancer.com. I know team of bangladesi and Indian people who work data entry like captcha and craiglist US posting, earning $2000-$5000 a month with 10 computers, their emplyoees are earning $100-$500, So don't underestimate them they are mere 22/23 yrs old, where you guys i think hardly get $500-$600 cash in hands.
Don't conclude anything without knowing it, Bingoo..........
freelancer Replied to: srinath - 28 Apr, 2010
26: Is it really worth it? Earning 35 rupees per 1000 boxes which may take hours? Some manual labour can earn more.
Posted by:Kaushik - 27 Apr, 2010
27:
I completely agree with kaushik. Spamming is never good, but at this rate.. these guys are definitely proving to be worthless.
Max Replied to: Kaushik - 28 Apr, 2010
28: Damn it no more spam. Im tired of these stupid bots...clogging up data streams..we should use this money and use it for the good of society...and not wasteful advertising schemes used to spy on us.
Posted by:Truthbuster - 27 Apr, 2010
29: I think spammers outsourcing work to India will bring lot of job oppurtunities
Posted by:Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
30:
afetr oll u ar a grl....am nt being sexist bt yeah u gals ar realy dmb..........
sidart Replied to: Gayatri - 28 Apr, 2010
31:
hey gayatri ... its nice to see that positive attitude by you in a not so worthy job ... it would create jobs ... but tomorrow these spammers would be able to get your personal detials and missuse them create virus in ur computer .. empty your bank account and steal your personal info and missuse it ... so its better to look for jobs which are good for society not just give us money..
nag Replied to: Gayatri - 28 Apr, 2010
32:
yes it brings lot of oppurtunities but also leads to become an spaming country.
Imran Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
33:
If we don't take that opportunity, there are plenty of sites(automated) which solves captcha images at a very high success rate such as 75%. So i don't think we can stop by doing like this. Like Google said there are plenty of other security methods which can be adopted to their sites as captcha became easily crackable security method
Gopinath Replied to: Imran - 27 Apr, 2010
34:
That's a nice sarcastic comment. :-)
Kaushik Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
35:
Good one Gayatri.. yes you are absolutely right
vivek verma Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
36:
Yeah Gayatri, once you are out to earn money at whatever cost, it indeed is a good opprtuinty for job striken Indians. Moreover the job nature mentioned is not exactly means spaming.
Vijay Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
37:
can anyone please tell me what does it mean by this spamming and about job opportunities ?
ram Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
38:
Spam in the search of spam work...
Gopal Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
39:
Oh sure, do you even know what spamming means? Job Opportunities in Spamming?
Chandan Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
40:
Agree with u, but i strongly feel there are other sources which can create job oppurtunities. Definetly its not gonna b my job :)
Venkat Replied to: Gayatri - 27 Apr, 2010
41:
Leaving aside the spammers, calling the intruding freaks as HACKERS is a total wrong usage. Use CRACKERS instead. Hacking is improving something and making it more efficient. (Eg. usages: "I am a GCC Hacker", "I hacked my Emacs to show CPU usage on the corner" etc) Read the article 'How to become a Hacker' by Eric S Raymond.
Varun Replied to: Venkat - 28 Apr, 2010