I am fascinated by what the US blogs are calling “Climategate”.

It seems that  one of the main scientific research labs behind Global warming, indeed the one whose data was one of the lynchpins  proving “climate change” was occuring, manmade, and severe, had their emails hacked and put on line.

When the emails were taken off line, others who had downloaded it already promptly put it on download sites such as “the Pirate Bay” for anyone to download and view.

At first it seemed like a joke: had some student hackers dug in a found some emails and posted them as a joke to make the Climate change conference in Copenhagen look foolish? Or was it a sophisticated attempt by big bad Capitalistic corporations to destroy the global consensus?

In the last few days, new rumors have spread. It was neither. It was the Russians, according to the UKTelegraph, who did it because the UK laboratory was distorting the data from Russia, only using data from urban areas (which tend to be warmer) instead of the entire country.

From NewScientist, one scientist suggests a motive:

… by keeping the Arctic Circumpolar Seas ice-free all year round, climate change will unlock Russia’s enormous and lucrative reserves of fossil fuel. The suggestion is that Russia will welcome this effect of global warming.

So: Russia not only had the capacity to carry out the hacking job, it also has a motive, as nations rich in fossil fuels will be penalised by any post-Kyoto agreement that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, suggests Walker.

Of course, if the missing temperature data shows global warming is not occurring, why mess up a climate change conference that will destroy the economies of the affluent world?

I figure that the Climate conference is not about pollution but other agendas, including lining the pockets of third world politicians, but then I am cynical about these things, having worked in the third world half of my life.

But if this hacking was from Russia, it might wake up people to the low level cyberwarfare that is ongoing and getting more serious.

President Obama has noted the growing danger of cybercrime:

“…Cyberspace is real, and so is the risk that comes with it,” he said in May. “From now on, our digital infrastructure will be treated as a strategic asset.”

So who will guard the internet? Because a determined hacker can steal your identity, rob banks, shut down government web sites, and spy on your medical records. And criminal hackers in Russia and China are immune to ordinary prosecution.

So the real danger is not a hack job on emails, which only embarrasses shoddy science and the agenda to make a one world government.

The real danger is that the world is that so relies on computers and the internet that a solar flare that blows electronic circuits, an earthquake that cuts an underseas cable, or  a computer virus could do some really nasty economic damage to the country of their choice.

Don’t believe me? Ask South Korea about the cyberattack they (and some US sites) suffered last July.

The attack took out some of South Korea’s most important websites, including those of the Blue House, the defence ministry, the national assembly, Shinhan bank, Korea Exchange bank and the top internet portal Naver….

The Associated Press reported that the White House, Pentagon and New York Stock Exchange were also targeted, but apparently deflected the electronic barrage

And I bet you weren’t even aware of the problem.

If North Korea could do that much damage, imagine what the more sophisticated Russian and Chinese hackers could do if they aimed to shut down the US or western Europe.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines, which has had broad band available for two years, that is, when there isn’t an electrical brownout or international cable cut by an earthquake.

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