Paris climate summit: hackers leak login details of more than 1,000 officials

By Francis Churchill. The Guardian. Thursday 3 december 2015. Retrieved from here.

Private data including emails, usernames and phone numbers of 1,415 delegates posted online by Anonymous in protest against arrests of activists.

Hackers have leaked the private login details of nearly 1,415 officials at the UN climate talks in Paris in an apparent act of protest against arrests of activists in the city.

Anonymous, the hacktivist movement, hacked the website of the summit organisers, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and posted names, phone numbers, usernames, email addresses, and secret questions and answers onto an anonymous publishing site.

Anonymous claimed the attack was an act of protest against the arrest of protesters on a climate march in Paris on Sunday. Climate activists organising a peaceful protest say that the demonstration was hijacked by a small group of anarchists who clashed with police. All public protests have been banned in the city since a state of emergency was declared after the terror attacks nearly three weeks ago.

Officials whose data has been leaked are from a range of countries including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Peru, France, and the US. Employees of the British Council and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are among the British officials whose data is now in the public domain.

“For the UNFCCC itself it’s embarrassing,” says Oliver Farnan, security researcher at the Cyber Security Network in Oxford University. “The specific attack that was used [an SQL injection attack] is a well-known vulnerability … To have their entire user database compromised in this way demonstrates a lack of focus on security,” he said.

Farnan also said that the password encryption used by the UNFCCC appeared to be an “old and weak hashing algorithm,” that should have been “phased out”.

However the damage is likely to limited, and mitigated by changing the passwords on any accounts that use similar passwords.

“Although it’s embarrassing, it’s essential to ensure that their users don’t get compromised in follow on attacks,” Farnan said.

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Screening of ‘This Changes Everything’

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, This Changes Everything presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines in the battle against climate change. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.

Filmed over a 211 days, nine countries, five continents and four years, it is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Particularly relevant in light of the upcoming climate change conference taking place later this month in Paris, the film aims to empower people to act against climate change by encouraging them to join together.

With the exceptional presence of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, and a part of the film crew. Round table moderated by Bernard Salamand with Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein, and members of the film crew and special contributors.

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Activists from all around the world meet at the 29N in Paris

[Audio in english & spanish]

Entrevistamos, en la plaza de la République, a participantes de las actividades que tuvieron lugar el domingo 29 de noviembre el París, día de las marchas mundiales por el clima. Activistas de diversos países y diferentes luchas, desde coreanas y japonesas contra la energía nuclear, a palestinas contra el expolio del agua por parte de los israelíes, como compañeras antiespecistas y veganas contra la explotación animal (el mayor generador de gases de efecto invernadero hoy en día).

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Chronicle of an announced police repression

[Audio in spanish]

Audio chronicle about the French police repression during the protests for climate justice on 29th November in Paris. Contrasting with massive public events such as Christmas markets or sport events that have been able to continue, the Global Climate March had been banned due to the extension of the state of emergency. A human chain took place for an hour between La République and Nation instead of the March, before the events narrated in this post.

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Climate Games

It’s December 2015. You have a heart filled with courage, a mobile phone and plans for creative mischief. Your team is ready to merge street and online disobedience. The COP21 UN climate summit is just opening in Paris. Manifestations of ‘the Mesh’ — austerity-dictating politicians, fossil fuel corporations, industry lobbyists, peddlers of false solutions and greenwashers – are converging to solve the climate catastrophe. Or so they tell us.

We are not convinced.

Your objective is to join the global movements swarming to shift the game against profit and in favour of life.

The Climate Games are where action-adventure meets actual change. Anyone can play this real-time, real-world game and turn Paris and the world into a giant, direct action playing field for climate justice. We have everything to play for – but time is running out.

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Human Chain Replaces Global Climate March in Paris

On the eve of the conference’s opening, hundreds of thousands of people were supposed to come out to the streets of Paris (on the 29th) and the world’s major cities (on the 28th and 29th), to march together and affirm loud and clear our demands, from food to employment, energy and poverty eradication.

The extension of the State of Emergency due to the awful attacks in Paris has affected the Global Climate March. This March has been banned in Paris by the French government.

After days of uncertainty about what was going to happen in Paris and acknowledging the vital importance of raising the civil society’s voices for the climate state of emergency that we are also experiencing, now there is a call for making a HUMAN CHAIN. It will take place on the 29th November between 12 and 13 from République to Nation. It will extend throughout the areas in which the attacks in Paris took place and the idea is that this climate change human chain will be also a tribute to the victims.

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Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws

By Arthur Neslen. The Guardian. Friday 27 November 2015. Retrieved from here.

French police arrest activist for flouting ban on organising protests during climate talks next week

At least eight climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit, the Guardian has learned.

One legal adviser to the activists said many officers raided his Paris apartment and occupied three floors and a staircase in his block.

French authorities did not respond to requests for comment but lawyers said that the warrants were issued under state of emergency laws, imposed after the terror attacks that killed 130 people earlier this month.

The author and climate change campaigner, Naomi Klein, accused French authorities of “a gross abuse of power that risks turning the summit into a farce”.

“Climate summits are not photo opportunities to boost the popularity of politicians,” she told the Guardian. “Given the stakes of the climate crisis, they are by their nature highly contested. That is democracy, messy as it may be. The French government, under cover of anti-terrorism laws, seems to be trying to avoid this, shamefully banning peaceful demonstrations and using emergency powers to pre-emptively detain key activists.”

Since Thursday, three people have been placed under house arrest in Rens, two in Paris, two in Rouen and one in Lyons, according to campaigners. They may now only leave their houses to sign a post office register verifying their whereabouts, three times a day.

Joel Domenjoud, a legal activist, said that he had been served with a restraining order wrongly describing him as a “principal leader of the ultra-left movement” just hours after a judge refused to hear an appeal against the ban on the climate demo that he had petitioned for.

“I wasn’t there when they came to my house but my neighbour called me to say ‘What’s wrong? The stairs are full of cops from the first to the third floor!’” he said.

Domenjoud says he was then followed by several undercover officers, before returning home, where he was served with the restraining notice.

“I feel angry about it because I think they made a big mistake,” Domenjoud added. “They weren’t looking for people like us activists – or if they were, it shows that they can target people for no reason at all and our civil liberties are in danger.”

Several sources said that officers also raided three squats in Paris – and more across the country – seizing computers, documents and personal effects.

Thousands of climate campaigners, including Vandana Shiva, have vowed to defy the blanket ban on demonstrations. One protest on Sunday will be protected by a ‘human chain’, while a day of civil disobedience will take place when the summit ends on 12 December, dubbed as ‘red lines’ day.

Numbers are expected to be smaller than previously hoped, but artists have been working around the clock on creations such as a series of ‘inflatable cobble stones’, alluding to a famous slogan from the May 1968 protests: Beneath the cobble stones the beach.

Some protesters argue that the permission granted to football matches, trade fairs and Christmas markets in Paris over the summit period suggests that the authorities’ real concern is to suppress dissent.

“We are trying to find grey areas in the law,” said John Jordan, a prominent activist. “At the moment, a demonstration is legally defined as more than two people who share a political message. We are trying to find creative ways around these laws.”

During recent protests by Quebec students, participant numbers were kept to below 50 on each march, to avoid a prohibition order.

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Climate games: ready to break the rules (spanish)

 

Una convocatoria internacional nos invita a crear grupos de afinidad, salir a la calle y desafiar las reglas del juego. Acción directa, performances, desobediencia. Creatividad crítica dirigida hacia los responsables del cambio climático.
Un compañero organizador de los juegos, nos explica cómo, a pesar del estado de emergencia, al menos 200 grupos se preparan para participar en esta iniciativa. Las mejores iniciativas, además, se premiarán en una ceremonia que tendrá lugar el próximo 13 de diciembre.

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