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Police Close Climategate Investigation 277

Posted by Soulskill
from the law-and-order-special-climatologists-unit dept.
ananyo writes "The Norfolk Constabulary has closed its investigation into the November 2009 release of private emails between researchers at the Climatic Research Centre at the University of East Anglia in Norwich after failing to identify those responsible. Despite not being able to prosecute any offenders, the police have confirmed that the data breach 'was the result of a sophisticated and carefully orchestrated attack on the CRU's data files, carried out remotely via the internet.' The investigation has also cleared anyone working at or associated with UEA from involvement in the crime. The hacking resulted in the release of more than 1,000 emails and shook the public's trust in climate science, though independent investigations after the breach cleared the scientists of wrongdoing."
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    by AmiMoJo (196126) <[ten.3dlrow] [ta] [ojom]> on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @01:55PM (#40689041) Homepage

    "The perpetrator used Tor so our investigation is fucked"

    • Or they just bought a $200 netbook and walked into the building one night. Universities are not exactly high-security facilities...
      • by dkleinsc (563838) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @02:23PM (#40689327) Homepage

        This is of course quite strange. In any decently run nefarious conspiracy, the only way in would be for a ragtag bunch of misfits to engage in ninja-like operations to infiltrate a top-secret high-security building. So clearly, the people running the global warming conspiracy are completely incompetent when it comes to conspiring. They don't even try to hide their facilities or the people working on it, and most of their key communications occur in a public forum. I'm telling ya, they need to talk to the Illuminati on how to properly organize themselves.

        • We keep trying to conspire, but, well, it is hard to keep any thing secret that the atmosphere is in on. The answers keep blowing in the wind.
        • by Mal-2 (675116)

          Or they just bought a $200 netbook and walked into the building one night. Universities are not exactly high-security facilities...

          This is of course quite strange. In any decently run nefarious conspiracy, the only way in would be for a ragtag bunch of misfits to engage in ninja-like operations to infiltrate a top-secret high-security building. So clearly, the people running the global warming conspiracy are completely incompetent when it comes to conspiring. They don't even try to hide their facilities or the people working on it, and most of their key communications occur in a public forum. I'm telling ya, they need to talk to the Illuminati on how to properly organize themselves.

          Coming up next: new product announcement - the Acer Conspire One!

      • I was thinking along the lines of a flash drive, and a night cleaning crew that were a little to formal?

        This might make for a good movie plot, like, "The Bourne Yaoi"?
      • I walked into one once without permission and started taking photos. Eventually security caught me and I was just politely asked to leave and escorted off side.

        It was the result of a mix-up due to an English college asking an American webdesign firm to do some work for which they hired an English (And amateur, to save money) photographer. Somewhere in the translation, 'Oxford university college' became 'Oxford university,' a mostly-seperate organisation, and as a result I was dispatched to take photos of t
  • by BMOC (2478408) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @02:57PM (#40689687)

    Despite not being able to prosecute any offenders, the police have confirmed that the data breach 'was the result of a sophisticated and carefully orchestrated attack on the CRU's data files

    Really? So some highly motivated skeptic managed to find a zip file on an illegally accessed remote server, took the time to recognize the contents as being what he/she needed, and further immediately publish the most damning of the contents? They did all this without being noticed? This conclusion and the timeline of how information was revealed suggests there's literally someone out there who is not only capable of such a job (likely wouldn't have been trivial to accomplish), but intimately familiar with Jones', Mann's, Wahls, McIntyre's and other's correspondence and motivations, and clearly paid to spend the time doing this. It suggests some "vast conspiracy" which doesn't very well jive with occams razor.

    The likely situation is it was an inside job. Someone who knows Phil Jones knew he was refusing properly formatted FOIA requests, and likely had motivation to out the correspondence and data/algorithms inside an already created ZIP file that Phil made in case he was forced to respond to the FOIA request.

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