F-35 Wikipedia edits traced to bizarre source

The fall-out of Canada’s decision to buy 65 F-35s continues to build. Canadian defence journalist David Pugliese has traced scandalous edits on Wikipedia’s F-35 page to three computers at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, where the fighters will eventually be based. Here’s an excerpt from Pugliese’s article today:

Nine attempts were made July 20 and 21 to alter the online encyclopedia’s entry on the Joint Strike Fighter, including the removal of any information critical of the Conservative government’s plan to spend at least $16 billion on the new fighter aircraft.

Defence Department computers were also used to insert insults, aimed at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, into the Wikipedia Joint Strike Fighter page.

Ignatieff has questioned the proposed purchase. Quotes from news articles outlining opposition to the arms deal by University of British Columbia professor Michael Byers, a former NDP candidate, were also removed.


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10 Responses to F-35 Wikipedia edits traced to bizarre source

  1. RSF 1 August, 2010 at 2:57 am #

    Hacking Wikipedia without masking the IP addresses of the computers making the attacks is the work of morons. Even high school level hackers are better then this, perhaps the defense department personnel conducting these activities need more education along with some serious career changes.

    And then this statement about the F-35′s supposed future use for Canada is hilarious.

    “Hawn said the aircraft will operate in the Arctic and intercept Russian airplanes”.

    Good luck trying to intercept a supercruising PAK-FA at 60,000+ thousand feet with the single engine F-35.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  2. Fred from Canuckistan 1 August, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    That Wikipedia story is a very pro-opposition, anti-government mini-rant . . . its political theater.

    Byers is a failed socialist, anti-military candidate who wrote the story in question in the Toronto Star, the voice of progressives/socialists in Canada. The article had basic errors about aircraft and was just his usual peace at any price, anti-military crap.

    Wikipedia is a left wing controlled pile of horse-hooey.

  3. Bjørnar Bolsøy 2 August, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    RSF. Interestingly NATO fighters have been intercepting (or identifying) Russian aircraft for half a century. Including high fliers. There are even vivid stories from F-86 pilots intercepting at 50000 feet. Back in the days of short range weapons and sensors you had to get close.

    B. Bolsøy

  4. LJB 2 August, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    This farce is starting to get out of control. Somebody on their coffee break or whatever decides to make some changes to Wikipedia article on the F-35 and the next thing you know the opposition parties are accusing the government of being behind the shenanigans. Lets get real! Its another example of the opposition using anything bad that happens and blaming it on the ruling government, nothing more, nothing less.

    As for Mr. Pugliese, it would have been nice if he published how he was able to pinpoint the offending computers to CFB Cold Lake. There are lots of programs on the internet that can look-up IP addresses. I used a couple to look-up the IP address belonging to whoever made the Wikipedia changes and they both pointed to a external server belonging to Defence Research Establishment – Ottawa, not Cold Lake. Apparently, based on that IP address its pretty well impossible determine who’s computer was responsible for the changes.

  5. Steve 2 August, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    If nothing else it seems that Canadian Forces personnel want the F-35 even if the left of centre pollies don’t. But then the Liberals largely emasculated the Canadian Forces whilst in power!

  6. snogglethorpe 2 August, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    The wikipedia page is not a place for stupid political bickering anyway. Best delete all that sort of crap (both pro and con).

    I’m sure there are canadian political blogs that would be a suitable place for it.

  7. SpudmanWP 2 August, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    While putting false info about a Wiki page is stupid, simply changing info is not hacking.

    Had they tried to hide their IP or falsified the logins, that would be more like hacking.

  8. Dave 3 August, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    Right wing extremists in Alberta? Say it ain’t so… Truly shocking.

  9. jack pratt 17 August, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    The Liberals want a chance to steal the money–you should have seen the money they stole on the SAR helicopter contract after they cancelled it!!! Wow!!! Iceman

  10. Denver lofts 2 September, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    To start I have been a longtime fan, but this is my first comment. I thought I might as well thank you for writing this piece (and all your others), and I will return!

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