In a recent incident of a major data breach, hackers broke into the electronic files of the Climatic Research Unit of East Anglia, Britain, and stole various e-mails exchanged by many renowned scientists bluntly discussing research on global warming belittling climate skeptics, which have been posted all over. Although the emails seem to hint that the data collected by the agency over the years has been rigged to show that global warming is caused due to human endeavors, the center is quick to assert that these have been misinterpreted and merely reflect an exchange of ideas between to discussing parties.
The data breach, which involves over 1,000 official e-mails and 3,000 important documents, has been confirmed by the university's authorities, but they have been quick to say that they have no idea as to how much of the stolen data is authentic.
"We are aware that information from a server in one area of the university has been made available on public websites", said the center in an official statement. "We are extremely concerned that personal information about individuals may have been compromised. Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm what proportion of this material is genuine".
Although none of the scientists mentioned in the controversial emails have commented on the development so far, the center has been quick to defend its workforce. Investigations into the matter are in full swing.
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