A Few Things Ill Considered

Hopping down the bunny trail comes the (not) surprising news that law enforcement investigating the CRU email scandal (aka Climategate, aka Swifthack) have concluded that the email servers were hacked and this is not the imagined whistle blower the WUWT and Curry crowd like to pretend.  Though they can not identify the perp, they do conclude that:

“However, as a result of our enquiries, we can say 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 offenders used methods common in unlawful internet activity to obstruct enquiries.

“There is no evidence to suggest that anyone working at or associated with the University of East Anglia was involved in the crime.”

Details at DesmogBlog.  Yes, it was a crime.



  1. #1 mandas
    July 22, 2012

    Firstly, good to see you back up and posting again coby. It’s been quiet for a while, but I guess you have your priorities as well!

    Secondly, this piece would have to be – as the say in the UK – a ‘statement of the bleeding obvious’. The e-mails stolen?! Well, go figure!

    And I think it’s probably a reasonable approach by the relevant authorities to terminate their investigation as they have done. It would be difficult to track down the culprits, and in the end not a lot would be served by catching them. Just the fact that it has been positively confirmed as theft is sufficient IMO. Of course, I don’t expect anyone in the alternative denier universe to be critical of the thieves – like they were all over Peter Gleick. One of the hallmarks of deniers is that they are hypocrites – which is pretty much one of the worst attributes anyone can possess.

  2. #2 Wow
    July 24, 2012

    You note that despite this being killed off for the same reason as the ICO officer stated (not as the official) the CRU investigation, there is nothing about how this is proof there was a criminal act, but that the statute of limitations had run out so it can’t be “proved”.

  3. #3 skip
    July 25, 2012

    The comments still don’t update in my view.

  4. #4 mandas
    July 25, 2012

    skip – my comments only update when I make a comment. Then they revert back to their previous state later. There is definitely something wrong with them.

  5. #5 Wow
    July 25, 2012

    Its cookie clearing.

    A way of punishing those who take the right to delete cookies for privacy reasons, I reckon.

  6. #6 coby
    July 26, 2012

    I have a bug report in for this, hopefully we will get a solution soon.

  7. […] Investigation concludes CRU emails were stolen not leaked. Hopping down the bunny trail comes the (not) surprising news that law enforcement investigating the CRU… […]

  8. #8 Wow
    July 26, 2012

    My prediction: “Please leave the cookies on”.

  9. #9 Wesley Dodson
    July 27, 2012

    So there is a problem with the recent comments widget?

  10. #10 Wes
    United States
    July 27, 2012


  11. #11 Wow
    July 27, 2012

    If I clear the browser cookies, I get a page with the recent comments side panel on the main page and inside any one thread somewhere from a view it had two or more months ago.

    Posting refreshes the list.

    Happens on all blogs under the scienceblogs banner.