[cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Anti-Obama cracker web site + CRU crack = lolwut? Intl. J. Inact., 2:108]
Regarding the Climatic Research Unit cyber-attack, Jason Petry gave an explanation of the odd timestamps on 3 files in
FOI2009.zip — an explanation that was so simple that it made me slap my forehead (metaphorically):
The explanation for these three files is simple enough. If you look at the UTC timestamp, and convert, you will notice that the mtime in EST is pre- Jan-1-1980, which is the earliest time that can be stored in the MS-DOS time field used to store the local mod time in the zip file format. So Info-Zip has just set the local mtime to the earliest time possible.
In other words, there’s nothing really anomalous about the timestamps of the 3 files after all, and we can perhaps go back to postulating that all the files in the archive were packed under a time zone of -0500/-0400. Thanks, Jason!
In other news, while looking for copies of the cracked CRU material out there on the Internet, I stumbled upon an anti-Obama web site run by crackers (or cracker wannabes); they also host a copy of the CRU stuff. Two choice quotes from the CRU section:
[…] In 1995, with the release of the declassifed VENO[N]A intercepts, Joe McCarthy was proven right.
The home page links to the innocent-looking Green Bay Professional Packet Radio, calling it the “Main Website”. Makes me wonder what’s going on…