Friday, November 20, 2009

RealClimate: The CRU hack

November 20th, 2009
As many of you will be aware, a large number of emails from the University of East Anglia webmail server were hacked recently (Despite some confusion generated by Anthony Watts, this has absolutely nothing to do with the Hadley Centre which is a completely separate institution). As people are also no doubt aware the breaking into of computers and releasing private information is illegal, and regardless of how they were obtained, posting private correspondence without permission is unethical. We therefore aren’t going to post any of the emails here. We were made aware of the existence of this archive last Tuesday morning when the hackers attempted to upload it to RealClimate, and we notified CRU of their possible security breach later that day.
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  1. Concerned of Berkeley11/22/2009 12:35 PM

    I was very annoyed at the damage that the team have done to the credibility of climate science by their inept handling of the issue. AGW is a serious problem and we need it dealt with capably and professionally. I am afraid that the emergence of issues like the CRU e:mail scandal simply wastes the widespread public support for change, and in fact risks destroying it. Accordingly I put the following post up at Real Climate, which was rejected.

    "Concerned of Berkeley says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    21 November 2009 at 2:54 AM
    What a disaster! I have long been concerned by the sheer incompetence of the RC/IPCC team in getting your message across in a professional and credible fashion. How come, when there is a strong scientific case, does the team so successfully shoot themselves in the foot, AND bring the roof down. The damage to climate science is too horrible to contemplate. I fear that you have given the game to the skeptics. By comparison with your antics, they look like the epitome of probity – perish the thought.

    If Fenton IS advising you, I seriously suggest you think about appointing a new PR outfit. Clearly they have been totally ineffectual in helping you guys do the job that you have been tasked with doing.

    Now, two weeks ahead of Copenhagen, we have a disaster on our hands. What chance to we have now of getting the government initiatives that are so sorely needed.

    How tragic."

  2. Shouldn't your nom d' blog be "Concern Troll of Berkeley"?

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