December 4, 2009

Is "ClimateGate" Only the Beginning?
Over at Grist, I riffed on Ezra Klein's point about our government's "overwhelming bias toward inaction." But while Congress embodies inertia, corporations and their agents are full of kinetic energy when it comes to stopping reform. Their latest reform-killing initiative: Covert operations! First came the much-reported (and overblown) "ClimateGate" theft of climate scientists' emails in East Anglia. And now, via the Wonk Room, comes this:

It has now been reported that the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Center is not the only victim of such a criminal invasion: burglars and hackers have also attacked the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia:

Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria scientist and key contributor to the Nobel prize-winning work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says there have been a number of attempted breaches in recent months, including two successful break-ins at his campus office in which a dead computer was stolen and papers were rummaged through.

These attacks go beyond simple burglary. University of Victoria spokeswoman Patty Pitts told the National Post "there have also been attempts to hack into climate scientists' computers, as well as incidents in which people impersonated network technicians to try to gain access to campus offices and data."

Things are getting scary out there. The other side plays by different rules, or rather, by no rules at all. You have been warned.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been warned? From what the truth? what are these scientists hiding? Why cant they just give full acess to there work?

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