Troubling Google Contractor Allegedly Caught Vandalizing Open Street Map

Troubling Google Contractor Allegedly Caught Vandalizing Open Street Map

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Troubling Google Contractor Allegedly Caught Vandalizing Open Street Map

The official blog of Open Street Map reports tonight that someone at a range of Google IP addresses in India has been editing the collaboratively made map of the world in some very unhelpful ways, like moving and deleting information and reversing the direction of one-way streets on the map.

The IP addresses match the same ones that were caught last week running a long-term scam wherein telephone directory listings were scraped from a crowd-sourced phone directory in Kenya called Mocality.

This isn’t shaping up to be Google’s year. It seems to me that if Google was truly “mortified” by the Mocality mess that they’d have adequately dealt with the “contractor” by now.