Skeptics of global warming have been jumping all over the recently exposed private emails, files and documents of noted climate researcher, Phil Jones, as evidence that there is bias in the research on the topic.
Jones is the director of the Climate Research Unit at England’s University of East Anglia and his personal data was somehow hacked into and put on the internet for the world to see (the emails can be searched here).
The university has admitted that there was a security breach (they have since moved the unit’s website to an emergency server) but because "of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm what proportion of this material is genuine." I can only imagine! Some of the emails date back as far as 10 years ago!
A spokesperson for the school said that an internal investigation is underway with the assistance of the local police.
While some argue that Jones’ candid emails demonstrate a bias within the climate research community, others point to the fact that there are key things missing that would support the notion that the idea of global warming is part of a conspiracy.
The RealClimate, an online forum for climate change scientists, noted: "More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’ [Medieval Warm Period], no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords."
This situation illustrates how important proper computer security is, especially since these breaches occur 75% of the time it's an insider, according to the Ponemon Institute.
Co-workers disagree and/or relationships deteriorate sometimes, and it’s important to recognize that one of the best ways a disgruntled person can hurt you is to reveal something intimate about your life.