RSS

Could porn benefit from game-ification?

10 Jul

It’s not everyday that porn is used as a form of payment, which is what makes a new report from security firm Imperva so notable. According to the company, professional hacking organizations are paying individuals with real money and porn incentives to crack CAPTCHAs, which are those distorted word images used by many websites as part of their sign-in procedures.

Sites such as BypassCaptcha.com sell cracked CAPTCHAs for around $14 per 1,000, while others do it even significantly cheaper, the report says. The sites recruit individuals to crack the words – CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, by the way – and pay them $1 to $3 for thousands of results.

To keep the hackers motivated, the employers will sometimes flash them censored images that then reveal their naughty parts if the individual can crack an attached CAPTCHA:

A clever way to use human abilities to solve CAPTCHAs is demonstrated by different sites that offer free porn as an incentive. Instead of paying for a subscription, the user browsing the site gets every now and then a pop-up containing a CAPTCHA, which he is required to solve in order to keep enjoying the site or be allowed to see more content.

CAPTCHAs came up a number of times while I was working on my chatbot story for New Scientist. Researchers are finding that they don’t necessarily work, since all it takes for bot programs to crack one is a little human assistance (this is known as a “cyborg”). CAPTCHAs may slow the bad guys down a little – perhaps by forcing them to hire crackers – but they won’t stop the more determined ones.

The use of porn as an incentive is an interesting turn, given that anybody who really wants any of the stuff can find it freely available all over the internet. The CAPTCHA-hacking bodies seem to be game-ifying smut by making their employees work for it, just a little. If it’s actually working, perhaps the porn business – which is losing tons of money because of all the free stuff out there – can learn a thing or two. Could some sort of game-ified porn be the industry’s saviour?

Advertisements
 
1 Comment

Posted by on July 10, 2012 in internet, sex

 

One response to “Could porn benefit from game-ification?

  1. Marc Venot

    July 10, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Those games existed in the 8 bits world but obviously the strongest forces closed this “pervert” way.

     
 
%d bloggers like this: