Anonymous Records Conversation Between FBI and Scotland Yard On Hacking

A confidential call between Scotland Yard and the FBI has been recorded and published by the computer hacking group Anonymous.

In an audio recording a number of Federal agents in the US and the UK as well can be heard discussing ways to apprehend members of the group. Photo:anonmunich/Flickr

The conversation was aimed to discuss all the 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, says the Telegraph.

One officer referred to the city as a “khazi” – slang for toilet – and tells his American colleague: “You’ve missed nothing, it’s not exactly a jewel in England’s crown.”

Besides, the FBI members seem to think the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham which is actually situated in Sheffield and also refer to a colleague as an “old school detective but mad as a box of frogs”.

The Anonymous member listened in to the call after accessing an FBI email which gave details of the intended call. The email which has been written by the FBI’s Timothy Lauster Jr, the conference call took place on 17 January was also posted online, says Channel4.

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 hacker’s interrupting it their conversation with their Britain colleagues.  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.”

During the conversation only two named were reveales: Matt and Stuart talking about the teenager 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.”

The boy is reported to having started hacking at the age of 12 and spends up to seven hours a day reading eBooks, tutorials, forum posts and watching Youtube videos.

He said he created and developed websites for family, friends and people online, making a “couple $100 a month” and used his pocket money 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 May last year the boy was caught after having hacked the school’s website. The police found using his IP.

“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 the teen 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.”

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