Business Insider gave a $5bn valuation to Wikipedia in 2010.  So yeah,
that's a big market for spammers.

anirudh

On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM, Ramesh N G <rames...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I was really amazed on the discussion on the ads on the wikipedia.
> Looking at the snapshot, it could really some virus or adware.
>
> Even this should not be the way the ads come to Wikipedia, though I
> personally never will support this.
>
> I strongly recommend the user to scan the PC for a virus, change browser
> and check. Also seen some discussion where multiple people has reported
> this issue.
> This means that Wikipedia being targeted by Viruses now!
>
>
> User:Rameshng
>
>
>
> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
> parakara.gh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Could be, but it wouldn't hurt to do a scan of your system and find out
>> if anything is wrong with it.
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Debanjan Bandyopadhyay <
>> debast...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I'm not the techie here, but I don't think its a malware on a system per
>>> se. Reason being being, two different people have experienced it, same ad
>>> also from different IP's, different locations though.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
>>> parakara.gh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Definitely Adware/Malware/Spyware/etc.
>>>> Notice in the Screenshot, it says Ads Not By This Site.
>>>> It should've been a clue.
>>>> Do scan your system with a good antivirus [Free or paid doesn't matter].
>>>> If your system is infected by anything, your data might be at risk.
>>>> --Cheers,
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM, Debanjan Bandyopadhyay <
>>>> debast...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I just saw that screenshot and remembered, even my friend said, it was
>>>>> by the same site, inkfruit. Some common issue??
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM, Debanjan Bandyopadhyay <
>>>>> debast...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> No, now that you mention him, even a friend of mine in Pune told me
>>>>>> that Wikipedia had started ads, to which I dared him to show me and in 
>>>>>> fact
>>>>>> made a bet. He failed to show me when I asked him to, so I took it as a
>>>>>> singular even, perhaps, some sort of mistake he made. However, since 
>>>>>> other
>>>>>> people have started seeing this, I though I'd tell you that he is not 
>>>>>> alone.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'll ask him further details about his net connection and get back to
>>>>>> you guys on this.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM, Aditya Sengupta <
>>>>>> apsengu...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Interesting- a virus that injects ads directly into the DOM.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 19:03, Bala Jeyaraman 
>>>>>>> <sodabot...@gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> mostprobably adware in his machine. A smiliar report in portugese
>>>>>>>> wikipedia is here:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> http://translate.google.co.in/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%25C3%25A9dia:Esplanada/geral/Spam_na_Wikipedia,_problema_%2810mar2012%29&ei=TqlcT9fyMs2rrAe468GlDA&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CE4Q7gEwBA&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ads%2Bnot%2Bby%2Bthis%2Bsite%2522%2Binjection%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3D6zj%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26prmd%3Dimvns
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 4:57 PM, Aditya Sengupta <
>>>>>>>> apsengu...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> A friend got in touch with me about this. He is currently seeing
>>>>>>>>> advertisements on Wikipedia pages (on all pages except the home 
>>>>>>>>> page). Here
>>>>>>>>> is a link to a screenshot:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> http://i.imgur.com/dhKyR.jpg
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> These advertisements were not visible to him when I asked him to
>>>>>>>>> check through the secure WM server. These advertisements are also not
>>>>>>>>> visible to him on any other web page. To the bottom right of each ad, 
>>>>>>>>> there
>>>>>>>>> is some text that says, "ads not by this site". I've taken a quick 
>>>>>>>>> look
>>>>>>>>> through the page source he forwarded, nothing looks untoward. His
>>>>>>>>> right-click menu does not appear when he right-clicks on the ad.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> He is based out of Mumbai and ISP is "Tata Teleservices
>>>>>>>>> Maharashtra Ltd". His IP address is 114.143.88.193 (or was, while he
>>>>>>>>> accessed this page; I've since had him change his IP address since I'm
>>>>>>>>> sharing this one). I'm not sure if this issue is restricted to Mumbai;
>>>>>>>>> since the IP address shows up in Pune when I try to geolocate it 
>>>>>>>>> (though I
>>>>>>>>> understand this is fairly common).
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> The link he is directed to when he clicks the ad is this:
>>>>>>>>> http://www.inkfruit.com/combo-landing?utm_source=CMP1002Combo&utm_medium=CPM&utm_content=combobanner&utm_campaign=Combo.
>>>>>>>>> I'm adding this here and copying the founder of Inkfruit since the 
>>>>>>>>> campaign
>>>>>>>>> data in the URL parameters may help identify the problem (also, I'm 
>>>>>>>>> not
>>>>>>>>> sure if Inkfruit is aware of this campaign).
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I've copied my friend here in case there are further questions he
>>>>>>>>> could help answer.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Could this be a case of DPI by his ISP, or simply malware on his
>>>>>>>>> machine? If it were the former, what would be the legal status of the
>>>>>>>>> issue?
>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>> --
>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>> Debanjan*
>>>>>>
>>>>>> - Lets make this world a better and more informative place*
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> --
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>>>>> Debanjan*
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>>>> Srikanth Ramakrishnan.
>>>> Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on February 12th.
>>>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore
>>>> Aliens invaded Tamil Nadu, left their Spacship and now it is a Toll
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>> Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on February 12th.
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore
>> Aliens invaded Tamil Nadu, left their Spacship and now it is a Toll
>> Plaza.
>> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IVRCL-Vijayamangalam-Toll-Plaza.JPG
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