Friday, February 3, 2012
'What about McDonald's in the Pentagon?: Extraordinary top secret call between FBI and Scotland Yard 'tapped' by Anonymous
Hacking group made extraordinary recording of January conference call
Included discussion about prosecution of hackers linked to Anonymous
They published top secret email 'sent by FBI agent' giving call passcode
Also take over Boston police dept and Greek Ministry of Justice website
Shows growing influence of group making fools of law enforcement
A confidential call between the FBI and Scotland Yard was recorded by hacking group Anonymous - the very people they were trying to catch, it was revealed today.
The group released a 15-minute tape of what appears to be a conference call last month about tracking and prosecuting the group’s members.
The top-secret conversation begins with a bizarre exchange between the U.S. and British agents, where they talk about cheese and eating 'McDonald's at the Pentagon'.
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It is not known whether cheese and McDonald's are codenames or if the transcript simply reveals what is really at the top of the list of priorities of our law enforcement officers.
There is also one point when 'Bruce', the U.S. agent, says to the British agent 'Stuart': 'I'm not sure if we're the only two on right now or not'.
Anonymous also published a top secret email apparently sent by an FBI agent, which gave details and a password for accessing the call.
The cyber raid is the most audacious and sinister yet to be carried out by the shadowy hacking group and shows how powerful Anonymous has become.
And in a display of their growing reach, Anonymous also claimed credit for defacing the website of the police force in Boston, Massachusetts, hours after attacking the Greek Ministry of Justice site.
‘The FBI might be curious how we're able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now,’ the group gloated on Twitter.
The recording, which has since been verified by the FBI, appears to have been edited to bleep out the names of some suspects being discussed.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said 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,’ the law-enforcement bureau added.
'The matter is being investigated by the FBI. At this stage no operational risks to the MPS have been identified - however, we continue to carry out a full assessment.'
Amid the material published by Anonymous was a message purportedly sent by an FBI agent to international law enforcement agencies.
It invites his foreign counterparts to join the call to ‘discuss the on-going investigations related to Anonymous and other associated splinter groups’.
The email to officials in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and France had a phone number and password for accessing the call.
But only American and British officials can be heard on the recording. Neither the FBI agent nor others coded in on the call have commented.
They also discuss evidence against other suspects. Karen Todner, a lawyer for Cleary, said the recording could be ‘incredibly sensitive’.
She warned the breach could derail police work. ‘If they haven't secured their email it could potentially prejudice the investigation,’ she said.
Anonymous is an amorphous collection of online enthusiasts, pranksters and activists whose targets have included the Church of Scientology.
Following a spate of arrests globally, the group and its various offshoots have focused their attention on law enforcement, especially the FBI.
Data security expert Graham Cluley said hackers were able to eavesdrop on the call because they had compromised an investigator's emails.
‘The very people that (police) are trying to apprehend, could have been tuning in to their internal conversations,’ he wrote in a blog post.
Meanwhile, a message posted on the Boston police website on Friday said: 'Anonymous hacks Boston Police website in retaliation for police brutality at OWS (Occupy Wall Street)'.
Boston's Occupy movement set up camp in the city's financial district for two months last autumn, but police dismantled it in December, citing public health and safety concerns.
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