Police admit defeat over Climate Research Unit hack

British police have admitted that there is no prospect of them identifying who was responsible for a high profile hack of data from the Climate Research Centre (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.

The security breach – dubbed “ClimateGate” – came to light in November 2009, when a 61MB file containing 1079 emails and over 3800 documents was uploaded to the internet, and claims were made that some of the confidential emails revealed how the CRU had tried to hide the truth about climate change.

Inevitably there was much speculation as to who might have been responsible for the hack.

Norfolk’s police force has now …

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