Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots

After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally… »8/31/15 4:05pm8/31/15 4:05pm


A Master Imposter Who Became A Fake Doctor And Performed Real Surgeries

Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. lived for 60 years, and spent most of them pretending to be someone else. Or someones else, really; the man who came to be known as “the Great Imposter” adopted at least 10 identities, including a year-long stint as a (self-taught!) trauma surgeon during the Korean War. »6/15/15 4:50pm6/15/15 4:50pm

Scientific journals publish 20,000 fraudulent papers every year

Writing in Nature, science journalist Colin Macilwain exposes a little-known fact about articles published in reputable scientific journals. Every year, 20,000 of them are fraudulent. Scientists fudge their work in these papers about 1% of the time, and it adds up. But now, science institutions are starting to be… »8/01/12 4:28pm8/01/12 4:28pm

GlaxoSmithKline Handed a Whopping $3 Billion Fine... But Is It Enough?

Talk about making a statement: Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline was recently slapped with an unprecedented $3 billion fine for a series of questionable business practices dating back to 1998. The fine is the largest for healthcare fraud in US history — and a clear message from the US Department of Justice that… »7/05/12 1:50pm7/05/12 1:50pm