WikiLeaks and climategate

It must be a headache pulling out information from all the cables released by Wikileaks. Even so, some of the cables do give an appreciation of what was going on behind the scenes at the Copenhagen conference last year.

Now we have some indication of the forces behind “climategate,” the theft and release of private emails held by the Climatic Research Unit at University of East Anglia.

This report from Plain Justice Today – French WikiLeaks Coverage Reports Cyberattacks on Climate Scientists:

“Leading French newspaper Le Monde has been delving into WikiLeaks in depth with a growing online section devoted to new revelations. An article posted Dec. 12, titled Pirates informatiques contre climatologues (Computer pirates against climatologists), reveals a few American diplomats’ fears that cyberattacks on climate scientists might increase in the days leading up to the 2009 Copenhagen meeting. One email reveals an unsuccessful attack against the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science (OES) that has received very little coverage (none that I can find) in domestic press.

“According to Le Monde, there was little discussion of “Climategate” via diplomatic cables, but June 19, 2009 traffic revealed by WikiLeaks discussed a failed attack against an agency of the U.S. government. During the summer of 2009, five OES employees received an email titled “China and climate change”, disguised to look as if it originated with an economics journalist for the National Journal. The body of the message was also written specifically for the recipients, according to their professional roles. Attached to the message was a PDF document carrying malware designed to take silent control of the targeted computer. At least one of the targeted employees opened the attachment. Fortunately the State Department’s frequent computer security updates detected and disabled the attack.”

The actual office attacked was the Division of Ocean Affairs of the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, within the U.S. State Department.

For one of the cables see US embassy cables: US climate change negotiators targeted by cyberattack.

So almost 6 months before the actual release of emails diplomats were aware that something was up. And a cyberattack had been detected and foiled. I guess it is reasonable to expect that similar attacks were taking place against scientists and scientific institutions involved in climate change research.

See also: Climategate an act of cyber-terrorism? US knew of attacks leading to “Climategate”

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