Feeds

CAPTCHA-busting service relies on CAPTCHA to block bots

Can you use to it to spam itself?

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

An automated CAPTCHA circumvention service has decided to use CAPTCHAs to restrict access to its own contact us services.

It's unclear whether or not its possible to use bypasscaptcha.com to, err, bypass bypasscaptcha.com "contact us" page CAPTCHA. The automated CAPTCHA solving service is likely to be of interest primarily to those who want to sign up to online forums and set up webmail accounts in preparation for spam runs, or other similar malfeasance.

Asked directly whether it was in the pay of spammers (like most other CAPTCHA-busting services), bypasscaptcha.com quickly responded:

"Sorry that we can not tell you who our customers are."

Bypasscaptcha.com's front page explains that "we hire workers to work on our project not only to make money for ourselves, but also to make our workers live better with much better salary than other local workers without any special skills."

Which is a nice way of saying we're paying poor folk overseas a pittance to decipher the letters in jumbled up images hundreds of times a day in hi-tech sweat-shops ... but it's better than picking over rubbish dumps.

An advert for the service on ProgrammableWeb explains:

"The service operates through the Bypass CAPTCHA API which can be implemented in third-party software."

It's unclear who's behind the service, which was brought to our attention by Reg reader Christopher P.

"They cannot be English, what with their absolute failure to understand irony," Christopher notes. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
Celebrity women victimised as Apple iCloud accounts reportedly popped
Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds
Another day, another way in to your home router
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails
Grab your popcorn: Subterfuge and slur disrupts election run up
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records
'Federated search' spaffed info all over Five Eyes chums
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.