The University of East Anglia, which is at the forefront of the research on global warming and climate change, has been the target of hackers who have published a substantial amount of emails and data siphoned from the university's email system.
The Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia is one of the three leading UK climate research entities and is often quoted by those of school of thought that evangelises that human activity is having an impact on climate.
In a statement published online, an anonymous source, possibly aides to the hackers, said that "We feel that climate science is too important to be kept under wraps. We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents. Hopefully it will give some insight into the science and the people behind it."
Sources had confirmed that the hackers had managed to download 61MB worth of (compressed) data and posted that on a Russian FTP server in a bid to mask the real culprits. The file contained more than one thousand emails and approximately 3000 other confidential files.
Vitally, the crux of the emails points to the possibility that the raw data that make up the temperature statistics, which is the bread and butter of climate scientists, has been "massaged" or "doctored" to expose evidence of the impact of human on the world's climate.
In addition, the CRU told the Register that they were aware that information from a server used for research information in one area of the university had been made available on public websites. They added that because of the volume of information leaked, they currently could not confirm that all of this material was genuine.