IP logs of Wikipedia revealed numerous modifications and edits on some specific entries of the “anonymous encyclopedia”, that were directed from the computers belong to the CIA, Vatican and The Democratic Party. While most of the edits on Wikipedia articles correct spelling mistakes or factual inaccuracies on profiles, those mentioned ones have been used to “remove potentially damaging material” or to deface sites, according to the BBC’s news report. It also says that a new tool was built by Virgil Griffith of California Institute of Technology, to monitor the changes on Wikipedia entries and pages:
It exploits the open nature of Wikipedia, which already collects the net address or username of editors and tracks all changes to a page. The information can be accessed in the “history” tab at the top of a Wikipedia page.
By merging this information with a database of IP address owners, Wikipedia Scanner is able to put a name to the organisation and firms from which edits are made.
The scanner cannot identify the individuals editing articles, admits Mr Griffith.