Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Feb 21, 2012.
PV has gone to a new capcha format - in order to limit participation?
Their options are constrained to whatever Blogger (aka Blogspot, owned by Google) offers. Nothing sinister, really, just trying to keep out the spam.
I sent an email to Blogger Bob noting that I was having difficulty with the new dual reCaptcha. BB stated exactly what Mike did above in his response back to me.
Some Captcha's can be a real pain. Spamming is so lucrative that they invest not only in OCR-style software than can automate simpler Captcha responses, they hire cheap labor in places like India & the Far East just to type them, so the "are you a human" tests are, in fact, answered by cheap humans.
Whether intentional or not, I have an idea that it will serve to decrease the number of legitimate comments. I had to refresh 3 or 4 times before I finally got one I could read.
Okay, I really must ask: what is PV?
I've never understood the economics behind *why* spamming is so lucrative. Can anyone clue me in?
I guess some people really do click on the links. That's why advertising via spamming still works.
Propaganda Village, i.e. the TSA Blog -- there's a link for it in the Blog Roll on TUG's main index page.
Much worse than that -- many viruses will add your computer to the spammers' botnets. It cost them next to nothing to use thousands of hijacked computers to flood the internet with billions of spam emails, including but not limited to those for porn, viagra, other drugs, etc.
Oh, right. I have gotten some of those emails, come to think of it, that look like they're coming from a friend's email address. Then it turns out to be one of the above. I always write and tell them, "your account has been hijacked by a bot."
Depending on how you open them, you could be placing your own computer at risk. I only look at them in Yahoo with images disabled.
This site will tell you all you ever wanted to know (and then some) about the world's most notorious spammers:
Spamhaus ROKSO (Registrar of Known Spam Operations)
Propaganda Village aka The TSA Blog.
Separate names with a comma.