Sunday, December 6, 2009

Leaked/Hacked 'ClimateGate' Emails Traced to Russia

The farthest back the leaked/hacked 'ClimateGate' emails have been traced is to a server in Russia. Specifically it is the city of Tomsk in Siberia. This does not mean that the Russians were behind the data disclosure. It is possible that the original source may have been using that server, and maybe others, to cover their tracks. Indeed it may actually cut against the notion that the Russians were behind it because it would assume they were rather sloppy. That, or they might not really care if people find out who it was; but that being the case there would be much of a reason to by anonymous in the first place. The motivation the Russians have is no different then China, nor any large company that generates emissions that may be taxed/capped. In the end, the source really does not matter much unless there is a question of tampering. No such question has seriously been raised.

"An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has discovered that the explosive hacked emails from the University of East Anglia were leaked via a small web server in the formerly closed city of Tomsk in Siberia.
The Mail on Sunday understands that the hundreds of hacked emails were released to the world via a tiny internet server in a red brick building in a snow-clad street in Tomsk.
The server is believed to be used mainly by Tomsk State University, one of the leading academic institutions in Russia, and other scientific institutes.

Computer hackers in Tomsk have been used in the past by the Russian secret service (FSB) to shut websites which promote views disliked by Moscow.

Such arrangements provide the Russian government with plausible deniability while using so-called ‘hacker patriots’ to shut down websites.

In 2002, Tomsk students were said to have launched a ‘denial of service’ attack at the Kavkaz-Tsentr portal, a site whose reports about Chechnya angered Russian officials.

The FSB office in Tomsk put out a special Press release saying that what the students had done was a legitimate ‘expression of their position as citizens, one worthy of respect’.

A Russian hacking specialist said last night: ‘There is no hard evidence that the hacking was done from Tomsk, though it might have been.

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