International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


Anti-Obama cracker web site + CRU crack = lolwut?

[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 — 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:

[…] The Tides Foundation is basically a money laundering service for George Soros (Jew).

[…] 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…

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  1. Interesting find. Green Bay Professional Packet Radio has definite interests in hacking, surveillance, global warming denialism, creationism and is technically adept. Take a look at the GBPR’s YouTube account, note the topics of Upload and Favorites.

    Comment by Trent1492 — 2009/12/15 @ 10:08 | Reply

    • Then again, there’s no indication that GBPPR was behind the CRU cyber-attack…

      Comment by frankbi — 2009/12/16 @ 11:53 | Reply

  2. You are of course correct.

    Comment by Trent1492 — 2009/12/16 @ 19:24 | Reply

  3. Another climate blog hacked:

    Probably not the same person (team) though.

    Comment by hidden — 2009/12/17 @ 23:18 | Reply

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