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  •  No scientist should ever use university e-mail (4+ / 0-)

    systems again.  The theft of these e-mails has never been properly investigated or explained.

    •  I think that they should just be certain (2+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, Neon Vincent

      to remember that they are in a professional setting, and avoid complaining about people in email. If they want to gossip, they can do it in a non-work setting. Email is too valuable a communication tool to drop entirely.

      That said, the email theft should absolutely be investigated, and the thieves appropriately punished (it is, after all a major breach of cybersecurity). But even if the emails hadn't been stolen, most employers have rules about email use, and anyone using an employer's systems needs to remember that in every communication.

      •  I think all of your suggestions are good, but (1+ / 0-)
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        mataliandy

        I think scientists should think about taking some of their concerns off-line (from their university systems).  Even scientists should have an ability to discuss their doubts and ideas in some forum without fear of having these matters disclosed.  
        I would say the same for government systems -- only put on the system what you (as a government official) are willing to have disclosed.

    •  I've heard rumors that it was the (2+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, mataliandy

      KGB FSB, the Russian intelligence agency, who was behind it. The hacking attempts originated in Russia. And because Russia gets a lot of its revenue from oil, they certainly have a motive.

      Outlandish, maybe. But incredibly, the right-wing never considers the obvious fact that global warming deniers have ulterior motives.

      •  Though Russia had a non-entirely (0+ / 0-)

        underground for-profit hacking industry for ages. Back in the late 1990s, hacking was the way many Eastern European software developers built resumes. There was a very highly educated mass of software engineers and mathematicians with no hope of legitimate employment. Since there were so few jobs, there was virtually no opportunity to build a reputation via legitimate coding. However, if one took on a hacking contract and did a good job at it, or came up with a novel method for getting data, one could earn a good deal of money and end up with a base of code samples that could be used in applying for the few jobs available (or to get jobs in the US and other areas that "took off" in the tech boom).

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