Clarification On Wikipedia/Fox News Report Regarding Suspicious Edit
Fox News is reporting that an anonymous user out of Stamford, CT edited Chris Benoit’s entry on Wikipedia to feature the comments, “However, Chris Benoit was replaced by Johnny Nitro for the ECW Championship match at Vengeance, as Benoit was not there due to personal issues, stemming from the death of his wife Nancy.” The comments led to Wikipedia volunteers contacting Fayetteville, Georgia authorities.
However, the I.P. address in question also made a series of other edits to different entries, including former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler, WWE star Chavo Guerrero, NBA player Ron Artest and the HBO series The Sopranos. Many of the edits were misspelled or explicit in nature, leading one to believe that the postings were made by a hoaxer. You can read this person’s past edits here.
Even though the IP address is being traced back to Stamford, CT, it’s also entirely conceivable that the user was concealing his true IP address. One person who knows a lot about internet technology said, “They have software out there that you install on your computer that will change your IP address and location or origin that people will see on the Internet. IP spoofing is a little more technical so with this user, based on the grammar, looks to be someone young using a software program of that nature.”
More than likely, this person made a wild guess regarding the Benoit situation at the time, and this person turned out to be right.