No CAPTCHA can survive a human that's receiving financial incentives for solving it, and with an army of low-wagedhuman CAPTCHA solvers officially in the business of "data processing" while earning a mere $2 for solving a thousand CAPTCHA's, I'm already starting to see evidence of consolidation between India's major CAPTCHA solving companies. The consolidation logically leading to increased bargaining power, is resulting in an international franchising model recruiting data processing workers empowered with do-it-yourself CAPTCHA syndication web based kits, API keys, and thousands of proxies to make their work easier, and the process more efficient.
Let's analyze the shady data processing economy of India, discuss exclusive photos of Indian workers breaking MySpace and Google CAPTCHAs, and take a tour inside the web applications of several Bangladesh based franchises, whose team of almost 1,000 international workers is actively soliciting deals for breaking Craigslist, Gmail, Yahoo, MySpace, YouTube and Facebook's CAPTCHA, promising to deliver 250k solved CAPTCHAs per day on a "$2 for a 1000 solved CAPTCHAs" rate.
One of the services in question is the India based decaptcher.com, which will allow you to retrieve its API once you putmoney in their PayPal account :
"Using the advertisement in blogs, social networks, etc significantly increases the efficiency of the business. Many services use pictures called CAPTCHAs in order to prevent automated use of these services. Solve CAPTCHAs with the help of this portal, increase your business efficiency now! Follow these steps:
1. Register 2. Contact us at email@example.com to put money to your account via PayPal and retrieve API 3. Login to check your balance
You pay for correctly recognized CAPTCHAs only"
The service is among the countless number of franchises operated by several of India's large data processing companies,making it harder, but not necessarily impossible to establish connection between them. At the beginning, mom and pop CAPTCHA services seeking to expand start participating in the franchise business model offered by the big companies that are no longer capable of executing the projects on their own, and so in a win-win-win situation for the big company, the franchise, and the customers, India's CAPTCHA solving economy is booming.
Moreover, the investments made in purchasing the PCs, the web proxies, the training and education of the staff by providing them with tips for increasing their CAPTCHA solving productivity, as well as the sophistication of the web based applications aiming to empower non-technical users, clearly explain why India remains the market leader in CAPTCHA solving, with thousands of legitimate data processing workers converted to CAPTCHA solvers.
From a legal perspective, the creativity of the marketers behind these services is simply amazing. Here come the sociallyoriented " CAPTCHA solving service aiming to serve the visually impaired, the fake academic looking for technical know-how in breaking Gmail's CAPTCHA for his research project, to the companies interested in helping you increase your business efficiency by allowing you to automatically abuse a particular service and reach more potential customers.
Data processing as a mentality is visible in all the applications a human CAPTCHA solver is using. Basically, there's no indication which service's authentication model they're currently abusing, CAPTCHA breaking is replaced with CAPTCHA solving making it look like it's a some sort of a challenge that they have to solve.
Recruitment of the people that would be later tested for whether on not they quality for the job by exposing them toCAPTCHAs from different services, and a timer running in the background, is mainly done through advertisements like the following :
* easy work * no learning needed * no investment needed * weekly payout * work from home * work when you want * flexible working hours * highest rates in the industry
How serious is the CAPTCHA solving business in India? The following Indian advertisements of their CAPTCHA services clearly speak for themselves - business is good and they are in fact competing for projects :
700,00 broken CAPTCHA per day would be surreal, unless of course we take into consideration the consolidation andfranchising among the smaller groups of CAPTCHA "experts". Another advertisement from a relatively bigger company is forwarding the responsibility for downtime to MySpace, which according to them is often down so that they cannot do their job as efficiently as their infrastructure allows them to :
"This is long term project Rate is 1.50$ / 1000 entry. We need teams that can do 24/7 captcha entry. We are looking for individual teams to provide 10,000 to 200,000 entries per day per team. We require 90% accuracy and avg entry time less than 10 seconds. Real time stats. 3x a week pay via paypal only. $1.50/1k or best bid. Outsourcing is allowed. Teams that can provide 24 hour service will be preferred. Don't west your and our time!!
Our captcha system is very complex and complicated. It is built to process up to one million captchas per day.We have several big teams and hundreds of active agents solving captchas, all at one time, especially during daytime in India. The backend of this project involves over 45 powerful, expensive servers communicating with the MySpace site to pull the captchas and then queue them up on this site, and then process the results to push back to MySpace all within 20 seconds per captcha.
We run into many slowdowns. The most common bottleneck is that MySpace itself is often bogged down, slow and error prone, which then makes it very difficult for our servers to pull captchas quickly. Also much of the work on our servers is handled internationally, so the Internet connections have lag time.
Usually when the server takes a long time to show a new captcha, it is waiting for our other servers to pullanother captcha. Sometimes 100 or more agents are waiting at the same time, so the queue only goes to one agent at a time. We recommend you try to work during afternoon and evening USA times (night time in India).
We are constantly trying to improve the speed of our site. We also continue to grow with expanding captcha teams and agents. Scaling our site is time consuming and expensive so implementation is not an immediate process."
Consider going through several other India based CAPTCHA solving companies, targeting multiple different CAPTCHAs, but also, clearly emphasizing on Google's while working on a Google related project :
The bottom line - is text based CAPTCHA dead? It's definitely in pain thanks to evil marketers recruiting low-waged Indian data processing workers, who according to some of the statistics obtained, earn over ten times more while solving CAPTCHAs, than through their legitimate data processing jobs.