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Published April 20, 2011, 03:00 AM

EU carbon trading fully reopened after cyber theft

BRUSSELS — The EU says it will reopen the carbon emissions registry of Lithuania on Wednesday, meaning all 30 countries participating in Europe’s emissions trading system will be back online three months after spot trading was shut down because of a hacker’s attack.

BRUSSELS — The EU says it will reopen the carbon emissions registry of Lithuania on Wednesday, meaning all 30 countries participating in Europe’s emissions trading system will be back online three months after spot trading was shut down because of a hacker’s attack.

The EU’s executive Commission on Jan. 19 suspended all spot trading in emissions certificates after the cyber theft of some 2 million emissions certificates revealed massive security holes in some national registries.

The Commission has been reopening registries one-by-one over the past months after they proved that they had upgraded their security. The Lithuanian registry was the last one left.

The European Union’s Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said Tuesday “I am glad to see that all registries are now up and running with enhanced security measures in place.”

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