Defeating CAPTCHA

By automating the buy button, Wiseguy Tickets allegedly bought ' and then sold ' 1.5 million concert and sports tickets online

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At 10 a.m. on December 15, 2007, tickets for three Bruce Springsteen concerts went on sale. Seconds later, all 12,000 front seats were gone. Last month, four guys behind a Nevada-based start-up, Wiseguy Tickets, were indicted in New Jersey on 43 counts of fraudulently buying tickets that included AC/DC concerts, the Broadway show Wicked, Yankees games, and of course, The Boss. Tech-entertainment journalist Dave Kushner explains how the Wiseguys defeated Ticketmaster's CAPTCHA program on the way to scalping 1.5 million tickets on line.