Having a big employment experience in various countries, before my “employment” in KeyCAPTCHA.com, I’ve never encountered the situation when employer and colleagues are always misinforming you, even on unimportant trifles.
One more such petty lie I recalled after reading the question by Trevor Matthews:
- “And I have just started using your email service as well.
What a great idea.
Will the service always be available if I use it on some of my websites?”
and the answer there by KeyCAPTCHA:
- “Sure, hidemail.at will always be available”
Well, thу correct answer is that KeyCAPTCHA developers are or were never using this service to protect their own Email addresses.
When I asked “Why?”, the answer was:
- “Because address would not available if our servers are down or DDOSed”
Note that a service can be up but unreachable from certain destinations from/to which DDOS attacks come, kinda frequent situation in modern internet
I did feel me awkward by this answer because I advised this service not used by its own provider KeyCAPTCHA.com to my friends as well as I could not understand why I was misinformed about this before.
Business is business. In order to be deceptive one does not need to lie directly, just to omit some details.
At least, I could have full correct answer long before I made a clown from me before my acquaintances and friends.
The myth about 100% protection from bots (or, rather, marketing slogan) is republished in thousands publications on the internet.
Those republishing it obviously did not minimally bother to search internet by keywords:
- jigsaw puzzles machine (computer) solving (assembling)
- visual recognition
to know that jigsaw puzzles were being successfully solved (assembled) by computer (machines, bots) long before CAPTCHA invention, image- video- or speech recognition.
Later, I shall update this article with references of concrete reports debunking this myth
- Автоматическое распознавание KeyCaptcha
In Russian (use http://translate.google.com):
With video and code
Hacking jigsaw puzzle game KeyCaptcha used as anti-spam protection in sites powered by PHP web-CMS suchs WordPress, SMF (SimpleMachines Forums), IPB (IPS – InvisionPower Services), Drupal, Joomla, etc.vBulletin)
- Взлом интерактивной CAPTCHA (10 Febr 2011)
Automatic Recognition and Solving of Interactive CAPTCHA (KeyCAPTCHA pairs)
This is funny.
It was an open secret for a very long time that its email@example.com is in list of known spammers (difficult or impossible to unsubscribe from a service once subscribed) as well as there were reports that KeyCAPTCHA.com’s antispam protection collects Emails.. .
I’ve got a 3d-party Email confirming this (I leave contacts as they are publicly available on the internet)
|date||Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 8:07 PM|
|subject||Fwd: Changes in KeyCAPTCHA Terms of Service|
Check out this email I got today. I don’t recall signing up for their service.
SEO Copywriter & Social Media Consultant
Turning Keywords into… Copy that Clicks!
Authorized 1&1 Hosting Affiliate
Follow me on Facebook
Follow me on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter
Read my blog
Please, get to know with the updated Terms of Service at www.keycaptcha.com
For more information on amount of your income, click here .
Ad displaying in KeyCAPTCHA at your website(s) will launch on September 12, 2011.
An advertisement in KeyCAPTCHA will be displayed if we have advertisers who are willing to advertise in KeyCAPTCHA at websites whose subject matter suits your website’s subject.
If for some reason you are reluctant to earn money by our service, and you are unwilling to display ads in KeyCAPTCHA at your website, you have to go to your website’s additional settings atwww.keycaptcha.com and turn off ad displaying in KeyCAPTCHA at your website.
We anticipate a long-term and fruitful collaboration.
New Trends in Spamming: Spam Fused into Antispam Protection with Spamming Visitors Instead of Web Sites
“There are only 2 ways of telling the complete truth -
anonymously and posthumously”
“Find out what the meaning of life is,
and see if we can monetize it”
@bizcartoons (Ted Goff)
Spamming web sites with links to fool search engines was always doomed game because it irritated both owners of web resources and visitors.
Also, even appearing of website in top of SERP (Search Engine Result Pages) did not mean having marketing success
So, the recent trend is to deliver unwarranted advertising, aka spam, directly to visitors without leaving spam on web resources (sites, blogs, etc.) as well as to bribe (sorry, share profits with) owners of web resources.
Looks like spamming through antispam solutions became more lucrative than previous spamming schemes.
The author exIV of an article
- Modern Spam Protection Systems by the Eyes of Ex-Spammer
Взгляд на современные системы защиты от спама веб-форм глазами бывшего спамера
.confesses in comments to this articles that:
- he is professional spammer and blackhat specialist
(“А спамер я был по-совмеместительству, я занимался черным СЕО…и было время когда на клик-клике да рупоиске по 500$ в день капало “
- and now the owner of KeyCAPTCHA
(“ну то есть конечно я владелец кейкапчи”)
- always approached the spamming and spambot development with imagination considering it to be an art and his botted comments were contextual and undetectable by antispam filters
“Я подходил к этому делу как к искусству и мои комменты были зачастую «прямо в тему»… Хоть делал их робот…”
. So, now he developed a new miraculous technique of unavoidable spamming through antispam protection KeyCAPTCHA.
Though, what’s the difference?
Earlier his bots entertained end-user with meaningful spam comments and now with meaningful entertaining spam (puzzle) pictures, leaving happy not only advertisers but now also owners of web resources.
Though, one profound problem remains with this antispam spam scam.
Spam or not spam is not determined by happiness of advertisers and advertising intermediaries, even when they are happy with spam owners of web resources, but by explicit consent of end-users, or visitors of web-resources.
It is like in any scam scheme: first, a victim is enticed by an irresistible offer of absolutely free of charge novel (“first”, “innovative”, “sexy”. “unique”, etc.) miracle or easy way to earn money (including interesting job offer like it was for me by KeyCAPTCHA.com). Then you are trapped by a sneaky change in conditions of bargain (employment)… Accordingly, first, KeyCAPTCHA.com filled the internet with ads of its first absolutely free of charge (“unique”, “novel”, “innovative”, “unbreakable”) anti-spam miracle. It was not only without any advertising but even buyers of commercial fee-based KeyCAPTCHA service were initially prohibited to create CAPTCHAs with any advertising. Then, in the beginning of August, 2011, after bloggers started to write about and webmasters with sysadmins to advise each other this miracle en masse, KeyCAPTCHA.com changed its ToS convering KeyCAPTCHA from antispam captcha into spam platform.
That is, a webmaster that installed it, cannot avoid spam served through installed KeyCAPTCHA plug-in from KeyCAPTCHA.com’s servers, except “agreeing” to buy “Personalized CAPTCHA” service or uninstalling KeyCAPTCHA plugin.Well, the end-user (a visitor) of a protected web resource, cannot just close your eyes and skip it like with any other spam. KeyCAPTCHA usually blocks access to webresource, like registering for forum, commenting blog article, posting, downloading a file, resetting a forgotten password, etc.
- KeyCAPTCHA Spam Platform – Rebutting KeyCAPTCHA.com’s Claims that Spamming is Legal
- KeyCAPTCHA “Genius” Demagoguery – Antispam Spamming Platform: Why to Buy a Spambot, Buy the Spam-thru-CAPTCHAs Share
- What Is the “first” in KeyCAPTCHA and Why to Have it Externally, i.e. Out of Control?
- August 9, 2011 -Created and published
- Sept 15, 2011 – Changed the published date to Sept 09, 2011 in order to cjange the order of posts presentations