Saturday 19 August 2017

'Anonymous' hackers intercept telephone conversation between FBI and Scotland Yard

Duncan Gardham

A member of the computer hacking group Anonymous has hacked into a telephone conference between the FBI and Scotland Yard and posted it on the internet.

The hacker apparently managed to access the call after getting into an FBI agent’s email which gave details of the call. 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.

The email referred to an investigation on both sides of the Atlantic into a number of hacking groups. 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."

The call referred to a 15-year-old listed as a member of DSLSec - a copy-cat group of hackers that claims to have links with Anonymous and LulzSec.

Agents called him "another juvenile wannabe type" that began cooperating after "a clip round the ear" from his parents, with one officer referring to him as an “idiot.”

One anonymous member tweeted: “Man you're f*****g dumb. It's a conversation discussing anonymous/lulzsec and your wanna-be ass. your UK agent calls you an idiot.”

The young man, who is not being named by the Daily Telegraph for legal reasons, has sent out a number of tweets responding to the posting saying: “lol [laughs out loud] I'm UK not USA, no FBI can touch me. Idiot...why wud FBI talk about me? I'm not even US & haven't been arrested. I'm still here ain't I? lol...I haven't heard it yet...& I haven't got a UK agent lol.”

The FBI confirmed hackers had intercepted a confidential phone call, and said it was hunting those responsible.

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