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Wired UK: Russia caught editing Wikipedia entry about Flight MH17


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The world is still reeling from the shock of the deaths of 298 people on Malaysian flight MH17, which was shot down in Ukraine yesterday, but the battle to write and re-write history has already begun online.

Thanks to a Twitter bot that monitors Wikipedia edits made from Russian government IP addresses, someone from the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) has been caught editing a Russian-language Wikipedia reference to MH17 in an article on aviation disasters.
RuGovEdits tweetThe tweet reads: “Wikipedia article List of aircraft accidents in civil aviation has been edited by RTR [another name for VGTRK]” (Google Translate).

The edit was in response to an initial edit to the MH17 section that said the plane was shot down “by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation,” according to the website Global Voices.

In a counter-edit less than an hour later, the entry was changed to say, “The plane was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers”.

Edit wars in Wikipedia are nothing new. Politicians, PR companies and individuals of all stripes have been caught out editing Wikipedia pages to better suit their interests and reputations.

With deeply controversial and breaking news events like the shooting down of MH17 the motivation to rewrite the first draft of history is even stronger. Although the evidence appears to place the blame at the hands of pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels ( with The Sun going even further with their front-page headline “Putin’s Missile”), Russia has denied any involvement in the incident.

Luckily edits on Wikipedia are recorded and the IP addresses of the person editing it are publicly viewable, meaning that at the very least underhand editing can be exposed.

The Twitter bot that spotted the edit, @RuGovEdits, is one of a host of government-monitoring bots that include the US congress-focussed @CongressEdits, which were inspired by the UK’s @ParliamentEdits.

Wired UK.

Update: Crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, tweet from Donetsk Republic


A tweet (in Russian) from the Donetsk Republic Twitter account used by pro-Russian separatists, in which they claim to have captured a Buk surface-to-air missile system, has now been deleted, BBC Monitoring observes. Ukrainians say the Malaysian plane could have been downed with a Buk, but pro-Russian rebels have now denied they have it.

Donetsk Republic Tweet which has now been deleted

Tweet: Self-propelled anti-aircraft missile systems “Buk” in the territory of anti-missile defense regiment A1402 take control of the DNI.

BBC News: CNET News Site attacked by Russian hacker group


CNET twitter feedCNET was informed about the hack attack via a Twitter conversation

A Russian hacker group has attacked the news site CNET. It later said it stole usernames, encrypted passwords and emails for more than one million users.

CNET said a representative from the group – which calls itself ‘w0rm’ – informed it about the hack via a Twitter conversation.

A spokeswoman for CBS Interactive – the owner of CNET – said the firm had “identified the issue and resolved it”.

According to CNET, w0rm offered to sell the database for 1 Bitcoin, or $622.

But it added that the hacking group said the plan to sell the database was to gain attention and “nothing more”.

Improve security?

The representative of the group claimed that it hacked CNET servers to improve the overall security on the internet.

The group has claimed to have successfully hacked the BBC last year, as well as websites of Adobe and Bank of America.

It says that by targeting high-profile websites it can raise awareness of security issues.

“We are driven to make the Internet a better and safer [place] rather than a desire to protect copyright,” the representative said in a Twitter exchange with CNET.

On Monday, the representative offered a security solution to CNET by tweeting: “#CNET I have good protection system for u, ping me”.

According to CNET, 27.1 million unique users visited its desktop and mobile sites in the US in June this year.

BBC News

Brighton Pride: Last chance to grab £17.50 advance tickets #FreedomToLive


Brighton Pride 2014

The temperature is rising, the excitement is building and the countdown is on.

Yes the city’s proudest day is almost upon us, Brighton Pride 2014 is almost here.

With a line-up that includes so many spectacular wonders including Sam Bailey, Blue, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and Martha Wash, the all new Q Alt Music Live Stage with Republica, Massive Ego, Q-Boy and Lucy Spraggon plus Brighton Pride favourites Calabash, The Legends Cabaret Tent, The Women’s Dance Tent, Men’s Zone, Community Village, Literature Live Tent and the super-sized Wild Fruit Dance Tent, Brighton Pride 2014 is set to deliver the UK’s most colourful and flamboyant Pride celebration yet.

With more acts to be confirmed and the fastest selling ticket sales Brighton Pride has ever seen, 2014 is certain surpass all fundraising records and deliver a glorious day of Pride for everyone.

Tickets for the Pride festival have been on sale since February and all early Birds and discounted advance have now sold out !

Make sure you are part of this best of Brighton days and grab the last of the Pride Festival £17.50 advance tickets today.

£17.50 Advance second release available until the end of June /£20 in July/ More on the day.

Get your Pride tickets here

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live

Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.

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Changes to the site


Need New Ideas

Many of you will have noticed that I now have a static front page and my blog posts have been moved to here, the front page is a work in progress as I’m still deciding on how I want it to look :-) I have also had to make one or two changes to the settings to help further reduce the amount of spam I get in the comments section.

Users now must be registered and logged in to WordPress, Twitter or Facebook before they can leave a comment, I thought that this was the best way to prevent spammers, after all if you are registered with one of these accounts it would be easier to trace you and put a stop to your activities by contacting the relevant platform.

Your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome in the comment section below.