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Tuesday September 01, 2015

Wikipedia Bans Hundreds Of Editors Who Extorted Users for Cash

Wikipedia has just banned 381 editors and removed over 200 articles that were all part of an elaborate extortion scam.

The scam is relatively straightforward. Using sockpuppet accounts, the fraudster editors would create complete but unpublished articles about anything from Bitcoin casinos to rock bands. They’d then approach the subject of the article and offer to publish it for a fee. If the subject agreed, the page would go live, and the Wikipedia editors would then offer the subject of the article an insurance policy of sorts. For about $30 a month, they’d "protect the article from vandalism and prevent its deletion." That’s kind of like how you can pay off the mafia so that you don’t get robbed.