As most people know by now, the computer system of the CRU at England’s East Anglia University suffered a hacker attack and some 3000+ emails were downloaded and then put out into the tubez of teh internets.
This past week, the Climate Research dept at the University of Victoria in British Columbia announced that they also had been fighting off hackers, so far successfully.
Attempts have been made to break into the offices of one of Canada’s leading climate scientists, it was revealed yesterday. The victim was Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria scientist and a key contributor to the work of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In one incident, an old computer was stolen and papers were disturbed.
In addition, individuals have attempted to impersonate technicians in a bid to access data from his office, said Weaver. The attempted breaches, on top of the hacking of files from British climate researcher Phil Jones, have heightened fears that climate-change deniers are mounting a campaign to discredit the work of leading meteorologists before the start of the Copenhagen climate summit tomorrow.
Just because similar efforts have been made to grab information from climate scientists in the UK and Canada, it does not necessarily mean there is some world-wide conspiracy. It could just as easily be that one successful attack has inspired like-minded people to attempt the same thing.
If anyone reading this hasn’t found it already, here is a site that presently holds the CRU emails – Link