Memo to the G-men on both sides of the pond: If you're hoping to catch the bad guys, it's generally a good idea to not let them listen in on your private conversations -- especially when the conversations are about them.
International law enforcers just learned this the hard way after members of Anonymous managed to record a phone conversation between the FBI and Scotland Yard about -- yes -- Anonymous.
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How did Anonymous pwn the feds? It was pretty easy.
They didn't have to plant a bug in the office or tap the phone switch or sit in an unmarked van 200 yards down the road holding a shotgun mike to capture the conversation; they just had to dial in and keep quiet. Because somebody in the group had compromised the email account of at least one of the investigators, they simply followed the instructions on the conference call invitation sent out to members of the FBI, Scotland Yard, the Garda, and so on.
Naturally, the Anons posted audio of the call to YouTube. The recording starts out with six minutes of friendly chatter between American and British investigators talking about an upcoming security conference:
Unidentified British voice with an extremely dry sense of humor: "... John G___ is speaking, don't know if you've ever met him... he's an old school detective and mad as a box of frogs."
American: "Are you speaking...?"
Brit: "I think my level of knowledge is too high for a lot of them. We'll just leave them in charge of the IT."
It then goes on to talk about teenagers Ryan Cleary and James Davis, two alleged members of Anonymous offshoot LulzSec who were arrested by U.K. authorities last year. Interestingly, the Anons bleeped out the names of their members who have not yet been arrested or named as suspects, proving that they are in fact able to redact information when motivated.