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ClickBait with CAPTCHA

This is funny. A number of the news & opinion sites I check daily are littered with clickbait adverts along the side. Occasionally I decide to check one out, fully knowing what I am in for. However, recently all of those links now land on a CAPTCHA page instead of the clickbait page:

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Presumably, the advertising aggregator services have implemented this human-proof step to prevent robots from generating thousands of clicks and costing them pay-per-view fees back to the original advertisers.

Of course, the unintended consequence here is that I have no interest in playing their silly reindeer games, and just close the CAPTCHA page instead of proceeding to the clickbait site.

 

Are others seeing this new phenomenon, where general web users are placed in the middle between two sets of pseudo-scammers?

 

 

Dr. D. Cragin Shelton, CISSP
Dr.Cragin@iCloud.com
https://CraginS.blogspot.com/