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Google Workers Caught 'Vandalizing' Open Source Maps

Jan 18, 2012, 19:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caleb Garling)

"Google said that two people behind the accounts were contractors using machines on Google's network, but a spokesperson for the search giant added that these contractors were 'acting on their own behalf.' The spokesperson also said that the contractors are 'no longer working on Google projects.'

"The accusation from OpenStreet Map follows a widely reported incident in which users behind a Google IP address in India were caught scraping data from a Kenyan online business directory called Mocality. Last week, Google apologized for the incident. Then, on Monday evening, Mikel Maron, an OpenStreetMap (OSM) board member, told Wired that users had been vandalizing OpenStreetMap from the same IP address range in India.

"After Maron spoke with Wired, he, project founder Steve Coast, and OSM sysadmin Grant Slater published a blog post making the same accusation, saying that two accounts behind the IP address range had been deleting map data, reversing the direction of one-way streets, and maliciously altering other information since Thursday of last week. Mocality's blog post appeared on Friday."

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