May
10
2007

Year: 2007 Week: 19 Number: 70

Technical news

  • [Password security]  – After several user accounts on EN Wikipedia where cracked password security has been increased. From now on if an incorrect password is entered you will need to pass a captcha test when trying again. The passwords of the sysops on EN Wikipedia and Commons has been checked against very weak passwords and some are locked. Those users can login again by requesting a new password, at least if the provided a valid email address in there preferences. The check could be expanded to other wikis also and it is possible that additional security measures will be taken. It is highly recommended to make sure you have good password and a valid email address for your account.

Request for help

  • [Board election] – WMF board member Jan-Bart de Vreede is looking for candidates for the “Election Committee” that will at least prepare and possibly also manage the upcoming board elections. Election committee members can not run as candidates for the board and are not allowed to vote. Applications can be send in until 13th of May. See lists posting for more information.

Foundation

Community

Awards

Stats

Other news

Did you know …


No, nothing this week. Only a nice comic found by the Signpost.
http://news.yahoo.com/comics/uclickcomics/20070429/cx_nq_uc/nq20070429


Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

“Peace is good for business” – Rule 35
“More is good. All is better.” – Rule 242
“After you’ve exploited someone, it never hurts to thank them. That way, it’s easier to exploit them next time.” – Rule 299 (Unofficial Rule)


Number of subscribers: 647 , Unique Visitors website last week: 290 , Editor(s): Walter, Mbimmler , Thanks to: IvanLanin, .anaconda , Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org , Website: http://www.wikizine.org , New: Wikizine Auf Deutsch and en Español , Wikizine.org makes no guarantee of accuracy, validity and especially but not limited to, correct grammar and spelling. Wikizine.org is published by [[meta:user:Walter]],  and is not a publication of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikizine is a weekly publication as long as there is noteworthy news (and time) Content is available under the GNU Free Documentation License. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html

0
May
08
2007

Year: 2007 Week: 19 Tech flash

Technical news

  • [Cracked sysop accounts] – At least on the English language Wikipedia several user accounts of sysops have been hijacked and abused. This seems to be done by guessing the (weak) passwords of those accounts.
At present there is now a Captcha check live that asks you to enter a confirmation word if you enter an incorrect password.

In any case all users, especially sysops and higher, are requested urgently to make sure the have a serious password. Also verify that you have a valid email address in your preferences.


Editor(s): Walter , Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org , Website: http://www.wikizine.org ,  New: Wikizine Auf Deutsch and en Español , Wikizine.org makes no guarantee of accuracy,
validity and especially but not limited to,  correct grammar and spelling.  Wikizine.org is published by [[meta:user:Walter]], and is not a publication of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikizine is a weekly publication as long as there is noteworthy news (and time) Content is available under the GNU Free Documentation License. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html 

0