In 2009, a ring of concert ticket scalpers was busted after purchasing more than one million tickets to various live events and reselling them at a profit. While laws for ticket scalping or reselling vary from state to state, there are plenty of loopholes for individuals — or in this case a large operation — looking to turn a profit from selling tickets. The defendants in this case ran a large-scale operation, creating and using computer software to bypass those (sometimes annoying) CAPTCHA codes, which are designed, ironically, to prevent mass ticket purchases by computer programs. They made more than $25 million in profits over seven years.
CAPTCHA is the name for the words that you are asked to type on websites to ensure you're not a robot.
Sometimes they're so jumbled that you keep getting them wrong, and sometimes they're unintentionally hilarious.
Occasionally, they boost your vocabulary.