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Climategate: BBC website still thinks it’s a story about computer hacking

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Damian Thompson
London Telegraph
Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2009

Gerald Warner has just posted about the BBC’s wobble on Climategate: Newsnight reported on the scandal in a relatively even-handed manner. But, as I write, the BBC website is still offering only this:

UK climate unit’s e-mails hacked

The e-mail system of one of the world’s leading climate research units has been breached by hackers.

E-mails reportedly from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), including personal exchanges, appeared on the internet on Thursday.

A university spokesman confirmed the email system had been hacked and that information was taken and published without permission.

An investigation was underway and the police had been informed, he added.

“We are aware that information from a server used for research information in one area of the university has been made available on public websites,” the spokesman stated.

“Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm that all of this material is genuine.

“This information has been obtained and published without our permission and we took immediate action to remove the server in question from operation.

“We are undertaking a thorough internal investigation and we have involved the police in this enquiry.”

Which is a bit like reporting another scandal as:

Watergate: ‘loose latches’ blamed

Security problems persist at a building complex in Foggy Bottom, Washington DC, following a burglary that reportedly caused the resignation of a leading political figure last night.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 5:11 am





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