Russian Spies Accused of Leaking Climate Emails

Senior IPCC members say attack was pro job
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2009 10:07 AM CST
Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, looks on while visiting a brigade of mountain troops, with with FSB director Nikolai Patrushev in the background, in this file photo.   (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev)

(Newser) – The hackers behind the leaked climate change emails were none other than the Russian secret service, say higher-ups at the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Panel members say the hack was a sophisticated, professional operation, and note that the emails were originally leaked from a server in the Siberian city of Tomsk—FSB, a modern-day incarnation of the KGB, has a Tomsk office, which often works with local hackers.

“It’s very common for hackers in Russia to be paid for their services,” the panel’s vice president tells the Independent. “It's a carefully made selection of emails and documents that's not random. This is 13 years of data, and it's not a job of amateurs.” Oil-wealthy Russia is often opposed to climate action, helping the US to delay the Kyoto Protocol. Many Russian scientists also doubt the science behind it.

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