Anonymous Releases Secret Conference Call Between FBI and UK Police

Anonymous strikes again. It has released a 17 minute conference call held Jan. 17, 2012 between the FBI and London's Metropolitan Police about hacking investigations into Anonymous, LulzSec, Antisec and related groups, and the cases of specific defendants and targets, such as Ryan Cleary, Jake Davis and Kayla. They also talk about whether Chronis is T-Flow and the mechanics of an extradition request.

The call reveals British police and the FBI discussing the delay of court proceedings against two alleged members of the LulzSec hacking group, which attacked a number of sites in 2011 including the US Congress and UK Serious Organised Crime Agency.

How embarrassing for the FBI and Metro police. It appears that an FBI agent sent out an email about the conference call and Anonymous had hacked the email account learning about the conference call. [More...]

The latest embarrassment for the authorities was recorded after someone hacked the email of at least one of the 44 recipients on an email headed "Anon-Lulz International Coordination Call" sent on 13 January by Timothy Lauster of the FBI.

The call is on You Tube and you can easily find it by going to Twitter and #Anonymous. (I am not going to post the link but I did listen to the entire call.)

The FBI has confirmed the validity of the call.

"The information was intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained. A criminal investigation is under way to identify and hold accountable those responsible," it said in a statement. London's Metropolitan Police's central e-crime unit said the matter was being investigated but that no operational risks had been identified.

Anonymous also published the email of the call invitation with the email addresses of those invited, which included law enforcement from the US, UK, Sweden, Ireland and elsewhere.

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    Awesomeness... (5.00 / 4) (#1)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 12:43:53 PM EST
    total awesomeness.

    Anonymous is the Robin Hood of privacy rights...stealing privacy from those that done stole it from us.  I call it justice.

    Agreed (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 01:27:54 PM EST
    And as to the comment below about this producing tyranny, from whom, seems like one side is already there.  And I think as they keep clamping down, more groups are going to surface to expose them for what they are.

    And fortunately for the people, the government bureaucracy will never come close to outpacing the minds of kids with computers.  

    Anything Uncle Sam can do with a computer, they can do it better, faster, and a hell of a lot cheaper.  That will never change.


    Well all the government has to do to stop this (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 01:52:31 PM EST
    is arrest and disappear all programmers and network technicians everywhere no matter where they work, and then the government will never again be hacked.

    Oh. Wait... ;-)


    As George Orwell said... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 01:59:19 PM EST
    "if there is hope it lies with the proles."

    You'll Dig This (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 03:06:19 PM EST
    Inmate figures out how to put little pigs on cop cars from prison.
    Too Funny.

    Dude at work... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 03:22:42 PM EST
    just showed me that...more awesomeness!

    Maybe (none / 0) (#8)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 03:00:42 PM EST
    But I think the hacker class is educated and certainly some, well paid.

    Agree with Kdog. The current (none / 0) (#2)
    by observed on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 01:08:33 PM EST
    asymmetry of privacy rights (between governement and citizens) is very likely to lead to tyrannical abuse of power, IMO

    UK Serious Organised Crime Agency? (none / 0) (#6)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 02:20:52 PM EST

    Are the crimes investigated super serious or are they just super-dooperly organized?  

    Only Monty Python knows for sure.

    Not gonna lie (none / 0) (#7)
    by CST on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 02:23:11 PM EST
    Anonymous scares the cr@p out of me.

    But so does the government.

    So there's that.

    Every time Anonymous comes up with some stunt (none / 0) (#12)
    by scribe on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 08:22:58 PM EST
    I find myself thinking more and more that if the government was half as competent as they usually are, they would have managed to track them down and roll them up.  My thoughts then turn to the probability that, in fact, the government has rolled them up and are using them as a sort of "Honey trap" to reel in other, new hackers who might be inclined to do the kind of stuff Anonymous seems to be doing.

    I mean, from the FBI's perspective, what's the harm in this call getting out?  They get to find the agent who was sloppy with his email account and they get to see how many new Anonymous  wannabes they can snare.  And, to the extent they get made to look silly, they can use the stunt to militate for more budgets, more people and more powers.  After all, when was the last time you heard of a police organization getting money, people or power taken away for any reason, let alone screwing up?