Human Captcha Solvers Earn, on Average, $2.98 a Day

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Fri, Jan 13th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to this article on Krebs on Security by Brian Krebs, there is a rise of low-skilled technical-jobs that allow individuals to work from home. The catch is that most, if not all, of these jobs are serving cyber-criminals and pay, on average, less than 3 bucks a day.

The abundance of these low-skilled, low-paying jobs is coming from firms that specialize in the shadowy market of mass-solving CAPTCHAs, those blurry and squiggly words that some websites force you to retype. One big player in this industry is KolotiBablo.com, a service that appeals to spammers and exploits low cost labor in China, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

KolotiBablo, which means "earn money" in transliterated Russian, helps clients automate the solving of puzzles designed to prevent automated activity by bots, such as leaving spammy comments or mass-registering accounts at Webmail providers and social networking sites. The service offers an application programming interface (API) that allows clients to feed kolotibablo.com CAPTCHAs served in real time by various sites, which are then solved by KolotiBablo workers and fed back to the client's system.

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