[clug] Hack attack on University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Fri Nov 20 23:11:03 MST 2009

On 21/11/09 15:39, David Howe wrote:
> Any thoughts from clugers about the likely route the hackers took? Would
> this have been overly difficult?
> bbc story - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8370282.stm

Speculation is useless with the absence of detail about systems, etc that the 
article gives.  If I told you there'd been a car crash today, would you care 
to speculate about the age, weight, sex, bank balance and employment of the 

A group of hacked Linux machines were found recently; their admin had enabled 
FTP access, allowed root to log in via FTP, and set root's password to ''. 
Even the best kernel and infrastructure in the world can't protect against 
user stupidity.

Have fun,


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