Hacker Group Anonymous Intercepts Recorded FBI Phone Call
The Hacktivist group Anonymous has released an intercepted FBI conference call between the FBI and numerous police agencies. Along with the audio clip, the group also released an internal FBI e-mail about the conference call on Pastebin.
The e-mail, titled “Anon-Lulz International Coordination Call”, appears to have been sent to numerous international police agencies. The Pastebin post sates the call would be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 and was to “discuss the on-going investigations related to Anonymous, Lulzsec, Antisec, and other associated splinter groups.”
According to the BBC, the FBI has confirmed the call was legitimate, and that they are hunting down those involved:
“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 BBC also mentions that the phone call was most likely not intercepted live, but was taken from an audio file:
“It was unclear how Anonymous had managed to obtain the recording but a lawyer for one of the suspects discussed told the BBC it appeared to have been taken as an audiofile from an intercepted email, rather than having been eavesdropped on.”
It is very concerning that Anonymous gained this e-mail and audio file. This does not mean though that Anonymous has gained access to internal FBI systems, they could have gained access to any of the international police organizations listed in the e-mail and pilfered the data from there.
Time will tell.