updated 02:45 pm EST, Fri February 3, 2012
Anonymous shares secret FBI investigation call
The hacking group Anonymous has intercepted a 15-minute call between the FBI and the British police's cybercrime investigators, according to a Friday report. Available to download, the conference call ironically focused on how to track and prosecute the very group of hackers. The FBI has launched an investigation into how Anonymous able to attain the recording, which has some names of the suspects edited out.
Anonymous also boasted that it was able to access the internal communications of the FBI for "some time now." The group accessed this call by reportedly first intercepting an e-mail message sent by an FBI agent that contained a phone number and password for accessing the call. On the list of recipients were officials in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and France, though only American and British officials were heard on the recordings.
The breach could hamper the investigation itself by prejudicing it, a lawyer for one of the suspects, Ryan Cleary, discussed during the phone call said. Jake Davis, better known as Anonymous spokesperson Topiary, is another British suspect linked to the conversation, along with several others.
Anonymous was linked to several high-profile hacks last year, including Universal Music and Viacom, the the military, and Sony's PSN gaming service.