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February 5, 2012

Anonymous embarrasses FBI by intercepting conference call

Hacking group Anonymous intercepted a conference call between British and US police which discussed legal actions planned against hackers

By Vinod

Hackers obtained an email sent on 13 Jan to law enforcement agents in the US, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands. The email contained the date, time, phone number, and the access code needed for those who wanted to intercept a planned conference call about cybercrime between the FBI and Scotland Yard. The email was titled "Anon-Lulz International Coordination Call."

Hactivists made the 16 minute recording of the conference call between the Federal Bureau of Invesitgation and Scotland Yard public by posting details of the email on pastebin as well as releasing the recording on YouTube. Click here to hear the recording.

In the conference call, the law enforcement agencies were discussing investigation details of alleged hackers and major players in Anonymous that were being tracked, two of which included Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis.


Cleary was arrested last year for participating in the Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks against Serious Organised Crime Agency. Cleary also allegedly distributed information and tools to help build a botnet which was used in the attack on SOCA as well as the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Davis was arrested last year for allegedly running a twitter account which documented DDOS attacks and data theft carried by LulzSec and Anonymous.

Several other alleged participants of Anonymous were discussed in the conference call which mentioned their online nicknames.

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In the recording the FBI thanks British detectives for holding back on some arrests while some US investigations are taking place. The British detectives then admit that they have "cocked things up in the past" and are willing to cooperate.

Needless to say the released recording could prove embarrassing for those detectives.

A Twitter account linked to Anonymous, AnonymousIRC said in a tweet: "The FBI might be curious how we’re able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now."


The collective of "hactivists" called Anonymous has been responsibile for cyber attacks against governments, organisations, and individuals over the past years.

The FBI said in a statement: "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."

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