[aprssig] APRS Wiki vandalism

Tom Russo russo at bogodyn.org
Thu Jul 5 13:30:08 EDT 2007

On Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 11:26:31AM -0600, we recorded a bogon-computron collision of the <russo at bogodyn.org> flavor, containing:
> 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 of
> > > 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
> removed.
> 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 manual
> 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).

It is very difficult to do some of this clean-up.  Some of the vandalism
was done in so many individual edits (obviously scripted) that WikkaWakkaWiki
won't show me enough of the old versions to get back to a good one.

Tom Russo    KM5VY   SAR502   DM64ux          http://www.swcp.com/~russo/
Tijeras, NM  QRPL#1592 K2#398  SOC#236 AHTB#1 http://kevan.org/brain.cgi?DDTNM
"And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is
 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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