Hackers steal information from Climate Research Unit

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The UK-based Hadley Climate Research Unit (CRU), at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, is reported to have sufferered a security breach which has resulted in many confidential emails and files being uploaded to the internet.

A 61MB zip file containing information stolen from one of the world’s leading climate research centres, was posted onto an anonymous FTP server in Russia, accompanied by a note saying:

We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps.

We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents

In total it is believed that the unknown hacker accessed 1079 emails (some of which are marked as “Highly Confidential”) and over 3800 documents. A spokesman for the Climate Research Unit…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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