‘Anonymous’ Hackers Intercept Conversation Between FBI and Scotland Yard on How to Deal With Hackers
Police and the FBI discussed details of investigations into ongoing cases against Anonymous and other groups, dates of planned arrests, and potential evidence during the recording of the 17-minute conversation, which was posted on YouTube.
The recording also referred to the on-going court case against Ryan Cleary, who was arrested last June for his alleged role in the group LulzSec, another hacking group.
Anonymous also published an email, purporting to be from the FBI, giving details of the access code for the call and the email addresses of those invited to take part.
It read: “A conference call is planned for next Tuesday (January 17, 2012) to discuss the on-going investigations related to Anonymous, Lulzsec, Antisec, and other associated splinter groups.”
Writing on its Twitter account, AnonymousIRC said: “The FBI might be curious how we’re able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now.”
It also refers to a 15-year-old listed as a member of CSLSec - meaning “can’t stop laughing security”- a copy-cat group of hackers with just three members.
The teenager was arrested before Christmas for an incident at his school dubbed “Operation Mayhem.”
“Basically he’s doing all this for attention, he’s a bit of an idiot,” one officer says of the teen.
The hacker apparently managed to access the call after getting into an FBI agent’s email which gave details.The email was also posted online.
The conversation concerned a young member of another hacking collective who was cooperating with the police in Britain.
The attack on the FBI was initially announced with a text post on the website Pastebin. A link to an MP3 recording of the conference call was later put up and publicised on numerous Twitter accounts.