International Journal of Inactivism — Mindless Link Propagation section

  • 07:31:13 am on February 6, 2010 | 2

    This via Brian D: [cached]

    Analysis by the Guardian and digital forensics experts suggests that an outside hacker gained access to a server at the UEA which held backups of CRU emails and a collection of staff documents. It also suggests the access occurred over a period of days, if not weeks, and was carried out from a computer based on the east coast of north America. […]

    The Guardian’s analysis shows that a small group of just four of the scientists from among the dozens employed at the CRU were targeted in the sifting of email. They are: Phil Jones, the head of the CRU; Professor Keith Briffa, who studied tree rings; Tim Osborn, who worked on climate modelling for modern and archaeological data; and Mike Hulme, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. […]

    But who was the hacker, and what were they after? Jeff Condon, who runs the climate-sceptical Air Vent blog – which posted one of the links to the archive – told the Guardian that the content of the emails and documents actually points to someone who is not expert in the topic. […]

    So what was the hacker looking for, and how? […] One quick way to see into the hacker’s mind is to use “concordance analysis” – examining what the common words or phrases are in the emails and documents. […] emails with the words “data”, “climate”, “paper”, “research”, “temperature” and “model” prevail, according to a concordance plot.



  • Janine I 11:11 on March 1, 2010 | #

    temperature data,
    climate model,
    research paper.

  • frankbi 18:29 on March 26, 2010 | #

    Ah, you may have just got the right idea. 🙂 I wonder what the concordance analysis will look like if one looks at phrases rather than words.

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