Feeds

'Domestic extremism' police called in on climate hack

Animal rights nut squad lends a hand

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Norfolk police investigating the "Climategate" hack have called in colleagues from the National Domestic Extremism Team (NDET), it has emerged.

The unit was originally set up to investigate animal rights extremists. Recently it has been embroiled in controversy over police gathering intelligence about protestors, including environmentalists.

NDET, run by ACPO, is providing the investigation with two officers and computer forensics expertise.

"Whilst it is not strictly domestic extremism, we have expertise and resources to assist with this investigation as well as a good background in climate change issues in relation to criminal investigations," a spokeswoman told The Mirror.

The Information Commissioner's Office is also involved in the probe.

Hackers stole and published thousands of emails and other data from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) in November.

At the beginning of the Copenhagen climate summit in December, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested that the raid was the work of Russian hackers, hired to derail talks to cut carbon emissions.

The stolen files sparked a fierce debate over the veracity of CRU's work on global warming, which forced its lead scientist Professor Phil Jones to temporarily stand aside. A review of CRU's research is ongoing. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't
We know what's good for you, because we made the mess says Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.