An investigation into the hacking of emails at the University of East Anglia has been closed by police.

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Norfolk Constabulary announced this afternoon that they had ended the probe, sparked by the theft of data at the UEA’s Climate Research Centre (CRU), because of a deadline in criminal proceedings.

Police said the investigation found that the data breach was the result of a “sophisticated and carefully orchestrated attack on the CRU’s data files”.

Detective Chief Superintendant Julian Gregory, said: “Despite detailed and comprehensive enquiries, supported by experts in this field, the complex nature of this investigation means that we do not have a realistic prospect of identifying the offender or offenders and launching criminal proceedings within the time constraints imposed by law.

“The international dimension of investigating the world wide web especially has proved extremely challenging.

“There is no evidence to suggest that anyone working at or associated with the University of East Anglia was involved in the crime.”

The security breach was reported to Norfolk Constabulary on November 20 2009, after the data was leaked online from November 17 onwards - weeks before the climate change summit in Copenhagen.

The date was seized on by climate change sceptics who claimed it showed man-made global warming was a conspiracy by scientists.

Code-named Operation Cabin the investigation focused on unauthorised access to computer material, which has a three-year limit on proceedings from the commission of the original offence.

The UEA’s vice-chancellor Edward Acton said: “We are naturally disappointed that those responsible for this crime have not been caught and brought to justice.

“We are very grateful to Norfolk Constabulary for their sustained effort over the last two-and-a-half years, and appreciate the difficulty of devoting continued resources to such a complex international investigation.

“Clearly the perpetrators were highly sophisticated and covered their tracks extremely carefully.”

He said the publication of the emails had done “real harm” to public perceptions of climate change.

Prof Acton added: “The results of the independent inquiries and recent scientific studies have vindicated our scientists, who have returned to their important task of providing the best possible scientific information on this globally critical issue.”

Research director at the CRU, Prof Phil Jones, said: “I would like to thank the police for their work on this difficult investigation and also for the personal support they offered me.

“I am obviously disappointed that no-one has been prosecuted for this crime but hope today’s announcement will draw a line under the stressful events of the last two-and-a-half years.

“My colleagues and I remain committed to the research CRU undertakes to illuminate the globally important issue of climate change.”

13 comments

  • So its The Club of Rome that is causing the ice caps to melt ? And making sea levels rise ? Some trick.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • "The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, WE CAME UP WITH the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself." - Club of Rome, premier environmental think-tank, consultants to the United Nations 1992...Nuff said, inside job...big up to the pirate bay and co.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • I think you are getting confused with Lazio.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • If the UEA's computer system was hacked (and I have my doubts), it shows a lamentable lack of security by the UEA's computer people.

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    Disgusted of Norwich South

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • There were seven independent inquiries ( in UK and USA ) into the UEA climate unit , and none found any evidence of wrong doing. As for nrg ( or Norton ) , i should remind you all that this is a man whose obsession with conspiracy theories lead him to believe that the 33 Chilean miners were never trapped underground but were involved in a giant scam and were living it up in the Santiago Hilton for the entire 69 days. " Nuff said " indeed.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • DaveG : " When they have admitted only releasing data that supports their bunkum ..." . Rubbish . There were seven independent inquiries ( in UK and USA ) into the UEA climate unit , and none found any evidence of wrong doing. As for nrg ( or Norton ) , i should remind you all that this is a man whose obsession with conspiracy theories lead him to believe that the 33 Chilean miners were never trapped underground but were involved in a giant scam and were living it up in the Santiago Hilton for the entire 69 days. " Nuff said " indeed.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • The hardcore climate change deniers proven wrong again. They have always said it was someone on the inside who leaked the data. The police have confirmed it was a hacking.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • When they have admitted only releasing data that supports their bunkum, is it surprising that people want to hack them, probably just to get all the dat, not just the data they want us to see. Climate Change deniers proven right again

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • well think of what is at stake for some ! major oil companies won 't want this data out there which supports the need for green energy . they could have paid huge amounts for a hacking if they wanted ! "disgusted" - look at how many major websites have been taken offline over the last year .

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • "There were seven independent inquiries" .....nope, they were all on bandwagon of climate fraud or warmist numpties....."The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, WE CAME UP WITH the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself." - Club of Rome, premier environmental think-tank, consultants to the United Nations 1992...Nuff said

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    nrg

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • It's a normal natural pattern, ice thaws in summer months...then freezes in again in the winter...simples The club of Rome does what says on it's tin.

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    nrg

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Google the Berkeley Earth Project to see independent research that supports the UEA data. What is it climate change deniers are struggling to grasp? Even BP is investing in alternative energy as they know we can't go on forever living how we currently do.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • The emperor's new clothes was truly rumbled,climate change has always occurred with natural cycles of warming and cooling. Blaming a natural phenomenon on human activity, and then the politicization of saving the planet;was always going to raise the odd suspicion that the data being released had been falsified to suit the agenda set by a group of unelected elites.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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