Wikipedia used to spread malicious code

A Wikipedia page has been used by hackers in an attempt to spread malicious code.

The entry for the W32.Blaster worm in the German version of the popular online encyclopedia was altered to include false information about a new version of the Lovesan/MS Blaster worm, with links to a supposed fix. The fix was actually a piece of malicious code, according to antivirus vendor Sophos.

It's not clear how long the vandalized page was live, but the editors of Wikipedia.de moved quickly to delete the links once they were discovered.

News source: C|Net News

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This has been known for days now, well done Neowin on sucessfully posting stuff days after everyone else knew about it...

.. it reminds me of the time Tom Warren posted something only for Neobond to repost the same story just written by himself two days later.

This is actually a huge milestone here. What this means is that the people who built this social engineering scam actually feel that enough people deem wikipedia a credible source of information.

You know you're important when you start being the subject of exploits!

Annoys me that people will try their best to take advantage of anything.

This is a free online encylopedia for people all over the world to use free of charge. It basically has annhilated stuff like Encarta yet people still try and abuse it. There are some real jackasses out there I guess

not true...

these virus/spam mails were pointing to the fake website with the url

www.wikipedia-download.org


which is NOT wikipedia or related. it only looks like a wiki in wikimedia/pedia style running the same wiki type/engine.


the mass-delusion media gets it wrong all the time.

I think the greater online community should really frown upon this kid. Maybe the hackers/crackers will sentance his/her computer to death...

Yes, unfortunately...With 1.5 million articles and the ability to edit them, it's really hard to maintain this huge database. I love it by the way. Does anyone know if it's going commercial in the near future? I think it will at some point to a certian degree.

Quote - dacbo said @ #1
it was only a matter of time really...

I'm amazed this is the first time it's happened, to be honest.

Quote - Zhivago said @ #1.1
Yes, unfortunately...With 1.5 million articles and the ability to edit them, it's really hard to maintain this huge database. I love it by the way. Does anyone know if it's going commercial in the near future? I think it will at some point to a certian degree.

It's not, and I don't think it needs to - it gets enough in grants and donations to keep it afloat.

There is however Wikia, which is Jimbo Wales' meant-for-profit community wiki hosting service. I've founded three projects there myself - Creatures Wiki, WikiFur, and the Galactic Civilizations II Wiki. It's a good service.

I've gotta agree with dacbo on this - who didn't see this coming?

Next, you should start looking for similar exploits in other public-maintained digests and content to follow shortly.

I sincerely hope that this kind of thing doesn't marginalize Wikipedia.

--ScottKin