Anonymous claims it hacked into FBI conference call

The hacker group Anonymous is usually known for launching cyber attacks on web sites, occasionally defacing them with the group's messages and logos. Today, word got out that Anonymous can do much more. The BBC reports that Anonymous released the recording of a conference call between the FBI and UK police. Anonymous also released an email which contained the email addresses of all the people involved in the conference call.

The conversation, which reportedly happened on January 17, consisted of the two law enforcement groups discussing the subject of tracking hacker groups such as Anonymous.

The FBI confirmed in a statement that the conference call was in fact intercepted in some way, saying:

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.

So far the UK's Scotland Yard has yet to make a statement about the intercepted call. However, Reuters reports that London's Metropolitan Police did release a statement, saying, "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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The conference call was a Genesys/Intercall call so all they needed to do was get the conference number ie *1234567* and they just joined the conference it wasn't really a hack on the call but just an email address geting the conference information.
I manage our Intercall accounts for work so it's sounds like it to me anyway....

Omigosh, can someone PLEASE destroy that stupid group? I'm sick of those mental midgets running around, terrorizing, and thinking they are somehow in the right, as if they are doing ANYone a favor. They aren't. They are spoiled brats and thugs. Period.

ScubaDog said,
Omigosh, can someone PLEASE destroy that stupid group? I'm sick of those mental midgets running around, terrorizing, and thinking they are somehow in the right, as if they are doing ANYone a favor. They aren't. They are spoiled brats and thugs. Period.

Terrorizing? The only ones they seem to be terrorizing are the governments and businesses that deal in unfair, unjust, and immoral practices.

Title is wrong. They didn't claim to hack into the call. The FBI's emails were hacked. They got an audio file from an email.

"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.

A comment on one of the Twitter accounts linked to Anonymous, AnonymousIRC, said: "The FBI might be curious how we're able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now.""

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16875921

I like the idea of special forces troops to deal with hackers. Theres some all not too distant future-ish stuff going on there. Cept im thinking neo-punk hacking wars.

Not the sad reality of 20 armed men with machine guns, pistols and all sorts against some basement dweller. Not very fair or even, but then life never is

with all the recent events; Recent reports that UK paratroops being trained for riot control and over here in the US; US military being used for the same.. does this really surprise anyone? welcome to the full grid police state

ChrisJ1968 said,
with all the recent events; Recent reports that UK paratroops being trained for riot control and over here in the US; US military being used for the same.. does this really surprise anyone? welcome to the full grid police state

You know the good ole Totalitarians would never let any perceived crisis go to waste. "OMG hackers....send in the special forces!!!"

ChrisJ1968 said,
with all the recent events; Recent reports that UK paratroops being trained for riot control and over here in the US; US military being used for the same.. does this really surprise anyone? welcome to the full grid police state

You do realise that 99% of the British Army are fully trained in riot control don't you ? Did that little problem we had called "The troubles in Northern Ireland" escape your attention while you were making tin foil hats and preparing for the zombie holocaust ?

It only lasted 30 years or so , so it was easy to miss I guess ?

M_Lyons10 said,
This is really something. I have a feeling that Anonymous is going to end up in some hot water at some point here...

I agree, things like this are not taken lightly by the parties concerned, allthough i would have thought a more secure line was being used...

Riggers said,

I agree, things like this are not taken lightly by the parties concerned, allthough i would have thought a more secure line was being used...

Being more secure, doesn't mean impossible to hack. Just means harder to hack.

M_Lyons10 said,
This is really something. I have a feeling that Anonymous is going to end up in some hot water at some point here...

Sure, probably, but they've committed to a textbook response whenever a hacker is found: denial.

Even if a guilty member was found and charged, within 24 hours there would be a post with anon shrugging their shoulders and saying something like "We have no idea who that person is, but he isn't one of us!" They've realized that playing dumb will actually convince some people out there because so many net kiddies like to BELIEVE that a government agency is made up of bumbling idiots that fail 100% of the time.

Typical, boring, uninspired anarchist approach of encouraging zero confidence in government under any circumstances.

Buttus said,
that's right! it's only OK for them to listen to our calls, not vice-versa...

exactly what I thought mate!

Buttus said,
that's right! it's only OK for them to listen to our calls, not vice-versa...

In God We Trust; All Others We Monitor

This is quite ironic considering all the phone hacking that has been going off in from news corp recently, including hacking of police phones for information on cases that was never released yet managed to get into the papers.
You'd have thought after that has been made so public that they'd cover up the holes that are obviously there. If they can't read the manual or get their providers to close holes like this, employ someone who can! get real hackers in who'll do the work for you. A 'professional' with a degree in reading computer science books isn't going to cut it anymore.

sagum said,
get real hackers in who'll do the work for you. A 'professional' with a degree in reading computer science books isn't going to cut it anymore.
Someone needs to give crash override a call.