[Hat tip DeSmogBlog, and Le Monde]
Thanks to Wikileaks we know now the “denial machine” is waging a cyber war against US government agencies.
Plains Justice blog reports:
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.
Breaking into US government computers is an act of terrorism as defined by the US Patriot Act.
This is a movement prepared to send death threats to scientists and commit acts of cyber terrorism. They are working against the interests of us all.
History will rightly judge them… and for those who take offense at being called a “denier”, too bad.
The science is settled.
We know the machine is industry funded and it engages in dirty tricks.