As mentioned on Ronald’s blog and a rather suspicious digg entry linking to a referral code (indicating that the person who dugg this is somehow related to the site) there is a CAPTCHA breaking service located at decodetowin. The site claims to be running a sweepstakes and the only way to win is to “decode” the CAPTCHAs. Here is text from the site:
What is Decode to Win? Decode to Win is a contest website in which you decode graphical messages to increase your chance at winning a prize. You get one point for every message you decode. At the end of each week, we pick a random user from the top 15 point holders and send him/her a prize offering. In some cases, we will send prizes to more than one user.
No doubt, signing up adds your name to validated spam lists - they get you coming and they get you going. Interesting premise though. It appears that they are breaking Google CAPTCHAs by the looks of it, but it’s difficult to know for sure unless you are Google. One interesting thing I noticed as I was testing it is that the first one succeeds while the following tries always fail until you reload the flash file. It’s unclear why they do this, but my guess is that it is likely that people will try more than once, and it is unlikely that they will sign up. So it’s worth getting them to try three or more times to see if they simply typoed the second try. It’s out the folks, no one should doubt that CAPTCHAs definitely are being broken. Thanks to Ronald to pointing this one out.