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[aprssig] APRS Wiki vandalism

Andrew Rich vk4tec at people.net.au
Thu Jul 5 20:18:17 UTC 2007

Yep it gets so bad that I can't run a guest book anymore, theives hit that
and use it for advertising.

Even on ebay , ever time I sell an item, someone tries to sell me something
using the "ask a question"

What a lovely world we live in.

I got around it - PHP sessions, sign up, sign in or bugger off

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Tom Russo
Sent: Friday, 6 July 2007 3:27 AM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS Wiki vandalism

On Tue, May 01, 2007 at 05:29:40PM -0600, we recorded a bogon-computron
collision of the <russo at bogodyn.org> flavor, containing:
> > From: Tom Russo [mailto:russo at bogodyn.org]
> > To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> > Sent: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 13:23:23 -0700
> > Subject: [aprssig] APRS Wiki vandalism
> >
> > The APRS wiki at http://info.aprs.net/ appears to have been the victim
> > some hit-and-run script vandalism on 19 April 2007.

Today I discovered that just about every single page on the APRS wiki at
info.aprs.net was trashed --- all replaced by link spam, all real content

I am in the process of trying to restore it, but I have to conclude that
the wiki is in a terrible way and needs to be replaced by a more secure,
less open version.

Migrating to MediaWiki and locking it down so that sysops have to approve
new users would be my change of choice.

As it is, the wiki has pretty much been rendered useless, as it requires
clean up every few days.  Today's vandalism is so severe that it will take
a long time to fix.  They even trashed the "RecentChanges" page that makes
clean-up easier (I've restored it).

Tom Russo    KM5VY   SAR502   DM64ux          http://www.swcp.com/~russo/
Tijeras, NM  QRPL#1592 K2#398  SOC#236 AHTB#1
"And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get
 one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh,
 oooh, the sky is the limit!"  --- The Tick

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