International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


And the Russian server hosting e-mails cracked from the Climatic Research Unit was…?

[cite as: F. Bi. 2009. And the Russian server hosting e-mails cracked from the Climatic Research Unit was…? Intl. J. Inact., 2:96]

Quirin Schiermeier reports:

[…] The University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) in Norwich confirmed today that e-mails and documents dating from 1991 to 2009 were illegally copied and subsequently published on an anonymous Russian server.

A link to the Russian server first appeared on 19 November on a relatively obscure climate-sceptic blog. The server was shut down just hours later, but the stolen material had already been distributed elsewhere on the Internet.

So I thought to myself, “which Russian server was it, and which obscure blog was it exactly?” After chasing down web links for a while, I landed up on Andrew Bolt’s blog entry [cached] which gave a link to a Russian-sounding web page: (The link is broken however, and changing the protocol from http:// to ftp:// gives a “Connection refused” error.) Then again, I’m not sure Bolt’s blog counts as an “obscure” blog, so perhaps Schiermeier was referring to some other web site(s).

Meanwhile, the climate inactivists’ conspiracy-laden interpretations of the e-mails clearly pale in comparison to the things that inactivists have said in public. Greenfyre has more.




  1. […] identity of the Russian […]

    Pingback by This is not good, the CRU computer hack « Greenfyre’s — 2009/11/21 @ 01:27 | Reply

  2. […] global warming inactivists continue to yammer on about the supposed global warming ‘conspiracy’ ‘revealed’ by the cracked CRU e-mai…, Tom Harris has apparently been asking for money for his brainchild climate inactivist group, the […]

    Pingback by “Integrity”, “affiliates”, “allies”, and being “silenced” « International Journal of Inactivism — 2009/11/21 @ 08:02 | Reply

  3. Thanks for bringing up this question. Seems like all the news media and bloggers are glossing over the question of who did the stealing and leaking, and whether they “doctored” the documents along the way.

    Here’s my blog post raising these questions:

    Comment by Russell Thomas — 2009/11/22 @ 22:52 | Reply

  4. See Jeff Id at
    The Air Vent, where he said,

    This is the biggest news ever broken here.

    To “break” news is to be first, yes?

    Comment by TrueSceptic — 2009/11/28 @ 21:49 | Reply

  5. […] on the attacker who stole and uploaded private e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of UEA: Gavin at RealClimate has answered my query about the attacker’s initial attempt to upload […]

    Pingback by What we know about the CRU attacker, part deux « International Journal of Inactivism — 2009/11/29 @ 03:24 | Reply

  6. […] the Climatic Research Unit cyber-attack, Jason Petry gave an explanation of the odd timestamps on 3 files in — an […]

    Pingback by Anti-Obama cracker web site + CRU crack = lolwut? « International Journal of Inactivism — 2009/12/13 @ 11:08 | Reply

  7. (Anon: I’ve zapped your comments per your request.)

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/12/21 @ 17:08 | Reply

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