"Hackers Steal Electronic Data From Top Climate Research Center"

"Hackers broke into the electronic files of one of the world's foremost climate research centers this week and posted an array of e-mails in which prominent scientists engaged in a blunt discussion of global warming research and disparaged climate-change skeptics.

The skeptics have seized upon e-mails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Britain as evidence that scientific data have been rigged to make it appear as if humans are causing global warming. The researchers, however, say the e-mails have been taken out of context and merely reflect an honest exchange of ideas.

University officials confirmed the data breach, which involves more than 1,000 e-mails and 3,000 documents, but said they could not say how many of the stolen items were authentic."

Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post November 21, 2009.

See Also:

"Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute" (New York Times)

"In the Trenches on Climate Change, Hostility Among Foes" (Washington Post)

"The CRU Hack" (RealClimate.org)

"Read All About It" (Climate Depot)

"Hackers Target Leading Climate Research Unit" (BBC News)

"The NY Times Blows the Story" (Climate Progress)

"Private Climate Conversations on Display" (Dot Earth)

"Hacked E-Mails Fuel Global Warming Debate" (Threat Level/Wired)

"Hacked Climate Emails: Conspiracy or Tempest in a Teapot?" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Alleged CRU Emails -- Searchable" (anelegantchaos.org)

"So What Does it All Mean for the Climate?" (Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media)

Source: Wash Post, 11/23/2009