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Ticket scalpers go high tech and big bucks with $25 million profit.

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Post Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:09 am

Ticket scalpers go high tech and big bucks with $25 million profit.

Ever lose your chance to purchase those ever important, once in a lifetime Miley Cyrus tickets?

Blame Wiseguys!  They found a way to game the reCaptcha system by generating fake requests on Facebook to obtain the captcha IDs.  They obtained all the system captchas, solved them, and then used a massive botnet to purchase tickets to music and sporting events.  Genius.

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Post Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:40 am

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Whoa, that's pretty damn clever :o
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Post Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:04 am

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zeroflaw wrote:Whoa, that's pretty damn clever :o


Makes you wonder why we didn't think of it first, eh?  Without the " unethical hacking" part. :)
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Post Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:11 am

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Creative thinking... 
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Post Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:35 am

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I can't stand scalpers.  I think it's time to crack down on these a-holes and put them out of business. 
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Post Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:03 pm

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One thing that I notice decidedly low tech about this is that they used cutouts to actually make the ticket purchases.  If not for the reselling, this could potentially have been marketed as a service for people who wanted to get great seats.  As in: subscribe with us and we'll get you in the queue to get a better shot at premium tickets than you'd have otherwise.  Instead of doing something useful (and questionably legal) they just crossed clear over the line to do something patently illegal.
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