'Anonymous' hackers intercept conversation between FBI and Scotland Yard on how to deal with hackers
A conference call between Scotland Yard and the FBI has been intercepted and published by a member of the computer hacking group Anonymous.
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The conversation covered updates to on-going court cases, the recent arrest of a 15-year-old for hacking his school website, and even touched on cheese and the merits of Sheffield.
One officer appears to refer to the city as a “khazi” - slang for toilet – and tells an American colleague: “You’ve missed nothing, it’s not exactly a jewel in England’s crown.”
They seem to think the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham is actually in Sheffield and also refer to a colleague as an “old school detective but mad as a box of frogs”.
The Anonymous hacker managed to listen in to the call after accessing an FBI email which gave details of the intended call. The email was also posted online.
Writing on the Twitter account, AnonymousIRC, one hacker said: “The FBI might be curious how we’re able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now.”
The FBI confirmed hackers had intercepted a confidential phone call, and said it was hunting those responsible.
An FBI spokesman 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 FBI 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 recording, which was posted on Youtube, refers to the on-going court case against Ryan Cleary, arrested last June for his alleged role in the group LulzSec, and reveals legally sensitive information.
It also refers to a 15-year-old listed as a member of CSLSec - meaning “can’t stop laughing security”- a copy-cat group of hackers with just three members.
In the conversation, British police officers named only as Matt and Stuart explain that the teenager was arrested before Christmas for an alleged incident involving his school and that he apparently claimed to have taken part in a hacking incident called “Operation Mayhem.”
“Basically he’s doing all this for attention, he’s a bit of an idiot,” one officer says. They add claim that he has written a confession through his school that runs to two sides of A4 and one officer says he writes about “how he got involved, whet he’s done, almost clearing the slate now he’s come to the notice of the police.”
“A smack from mum and dad is behind it all,” the officer adds, saying he is “just another juvenile, another wannabe character.”
One Anonymous member tweeted to the boy, criticising him for helping the police, saying: “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 15 year-old, 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 boy says claims he started hacking aged 12 and spends up to seven hours a day reading eBooks, tutorials, forum posts and watching Youtube videos.
He said he designed websites for family, friends and people online, making a “couple $100 a month” and used his pocket money of around £10 each week and funds from hacking to invest in “advertising and other things such as stocks etc, which some I still hold and are growing today (all under my mother’s name of course who had no clue at the time.)”
In mid-May last year he says he got caught after he had hacked into his school’s website and they traced his IP number, got the phone number from Virgin Media and called his house.
“My nine-year-old brother picked up and of course, gave my name away,” he writes, adding: “I got a police referral order for six months, where they would regularly check my PC BUT I had a laptop, netbook and other people’s/family’s computers at my disposal.”
Since then he claims to have hacked the BBC and PBS, the American TV station, along with GoodYear tyres.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are aware of the video, which relates to an FBI conference call involving a PCeU [Police Central e-crime Unit] representative.
“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.”