Anonymous eavesdrops FBI conference call, posts audio online

By Shawn Knight
Feb 3, 2012
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  1. The hactivist group Anonymous claims to have intercepted and recorded a conference call between the FBI and the British police cybercrime division Scotland Yard that took place on January 17.…

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    I'm still astounded that you ever use unsecured phones regardless of what is being discussed. You're the FBI for god's sake.
  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,436   +592

    The FBI isn't even an american organization anyways.
    Same for the CIA and NASA.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Please elaborate.
  5. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    Please don't encourage the conspiracy theorists. It's like asking Grandpa Simpson a question..

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 147   +8

    Yeah you dont want to disrupt the closed-minded from their daily Fox news stories.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I wonder if ANON realizes that the email was prolly leaked just to get them interested in the call and feed them false information. Im almost 150% sure that after the last round of ANON attacks on the DoJ, the FBI prolly imbeded some type of program that will send them info from whomever recieved that email. Wouldnt it be a crazy form of justice if that ended up being the case lol.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    I really doubt it..........

    Anon knows what he doing,

    Great job Anon, 2 thumbs up for yas..

  9. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Why the hell do agencies and the military continue to use public networks? They would have a lot less leaks if they had their own proprietary network (which South Korea's military actually does).
  10. SumthinSacred

    SumthinSacred TS Rookie

    I'm all for hacktivists, but there has to be a limit.
  11. Un F'in believable! Why don't they just hire the 15 year old, they talk about in the call to help with their security issues, err lack of security issues I mean.
  12. OL, i'm a terrorist according to FBI.

    i used to travel to a city with decent internet speed, 73 kilometers away.

    i have 2 cellphones, a nokia 5320xm and nokia 7210, with 5 pre-paid sim cards to use.

    i usually delete all cookies/histories manually, set ie and other browsers to empty cache upon browser exit, and use private browsing (aka incognito mode) when i became aware of this browser feature.

    and yeah, i am a terrorist because i surf the net (read: pron) almost anonymously and i don't browse the net when someboy is looking at my shoulders.
  13. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,826   +877

    I think many of the security issues with all businesses have to do with a lot of what's wrong in the IT industry. They higher managers that have no idea about technology and the IT staff never get what they need to do their properly job. Then, when they are under equipped to do their jobs, stuff like this gets out and someone gets fired.
  14. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 433   +23

    FBI should use other phones or some proxies but then they would be terrorists.
  15. You can be a r/l tough guy but digitally people who aren't physically tough and hard as nails. This is pretty common knowledge. Really some people learn the hard way.
  16. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    Directors of FBI, etc, don't set up these things themselves. They have assistants who do this stuff, ones who probably understand IT, and are versed in FBI protocols regarding security on conversations.

    Its not like there is some 70 year old man fumbling about with Go2Meeting settings on his desktop.

    Anytime you send out a *mass e-mail* with what I am assuming is a single password, then lets get real, this conversation was not going to be all that secure. As tygerstrike pointed out, all this might mean is that the FBI now knows that anon was tapping a weak leak in their organization, and they're just going to boost up security.

    A gaffe like this is not something that gets swept up under the rug in the gov't. A report has to be written, protocols suggested to avoid it, etc. In the long run this means that they will increase their security, and not make stupid mistakes like this anymore.

    Human beings make mistakes, but all the times we see news articles about how stupid the CIA or FBI is, we forget that for the past 70 odd years they were relatively successful keeping very many foreign nations very well funded espionage forces at bay. Yeah, they do stupid stuff from time to time, but you have to at least consider that a lot of these public mistakes they make could be deliberate, or leaked deliberately for some purpose.

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