ming. That’s what humour is, so I hear.
Sun Tzu said much the same of war.
The thing I find most interesting about the event that has been dubbed ‘climategate’ is not the details of the ‘hacked’ emails; it’s the timing of their ‘discovery.’
- The level of security in any computer system is determined by the resources available to those who administer them.
- Most universities are strapped for resources.
- Most university students face years of debt ahead of them.
- Most (all?) universities these days contain computer science students.
Q: Put this all together and what do you get?
A: A situation where it wouldn’t take very much effort to ‘hack’ into any university computer system.
Reading Climate Cover-Up: the Crusade to deny Global Warming by James Hoggan should be enough to convince anyone that there is a lot of thought, a great deal of money, and a huge amount of effort being spent by those who benefit from the raping of our planet on how to persuade you and me that anything other than business as usual would be bad for us.
The climate change nay-sayers and deniers are at war with those who believe that, after decades of delay and inaction, this may be our last chance to act to avert real disaster.
If I were in charge of such a war (on the deniers’ side), I would have bribed someone, months ago, to hack into the University of East Anglia’s computer systems. This would give me plenty of time to read through all of the Climate Research Unit’s emails, and do exactly what some of the scientists at the CRU are now being accused of.
With decades of email archives to examine, it’s inevitable that you’ll find some dirt to dig up. Having done so, the next step is… to wait to release your bombshell until just the right time for it to have maximum impact.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (‘COP15’) starts in Copenhagen on Monday.
Have a good weekend.