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Friday
Feb032012

Anonymous Listens in on FBI, Scotland Yard Hacking Call

FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The hacking collective Anonymous managed to listen in on a conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard as the law enforcement officers were discussing anti-hacking operations, the FBI admitted Friday.

Calling it "OpInfiltration," Anonymous members were allegedly able to steal a personal email which included instructions for dialing into the Jan. 17 private call. On Friday, the group published a recording of the call -- which discussed the timing of planned arrests and identities of suspected hackers -- as well as the email addresses of the officials on it.

In the call, a Scotland Yard official discusses a few suspected hackers in particular, including a 15-year-old that the official calls "an idiot" and another who's, "just a pain in the bum."

"Listen along, and laugh out loud at the law enforcement agents bumbling away," a description posted along with the recording said.

"The FBI might be curious how we're able to continuously read their internal comms [communications] for some time now," an Anonymous spokesperson bragged on Twitter.

An FBI official acknowledged the infiltration, saying in a statement, "The information was intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained."

"A criminal investigation is underway to identify and hold accountable those responsible," the statement said.

An official with Scotland Yard also confirmed the recording, but declined to comment further.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Aug142011

Bill Bratton: 'I Never Close Any Door Before It's Opened'

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At 63, Bill Bratton, the former top cop in Boston, Los Angeles and New York City, has a career of high caliber police work behind him, but there's one job he hasn't closed the door on: leading Scotland Yard.

"I never close any door before it's opened," Bratton told ABC News' David Muir.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who offered Bratton a job on Friday, initially wanted him to serve as commissioner. The move was overruled by Home Secretary Theresa May, who said only a British citizen should hold the position.

Bratton will instead serve as a consultant to the police force.

"If it had been open, I certainly would have looked with great interest at possibly applying," Bratton said of the top job.

The London Metropolitan Police commissioner is not responsible just for the police force in London, but also for national security.

Bratton compared it to the New York City police commissioner also leading the FBI.

"It is the most prestigious, most complex, and at this time most challenging police leadership position in the world," he said.

British police have been criticized for struggling to contain an outbreak of rioting that began in London last week and spread to other cities.

Looting, fires and violence raged in the streets as people protested the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man.

It was four days before police got a firm handle on the situation.

In all, five people died and more than 2,000 people were arrested.

The riots were riddled with racial tensions and class warfare, something Bratton dealt with firsthand in Los Angeles.

"Race, ethnic and cultural issues—those are phenomenal challenges they're going to have to face," he said.

Bratton called his time in Los Angeles the most worthwhile seven years of his life.

After the rioting, it became clear to Cameron that Bratton would be the right man to help curb gang violence and racial tensions in Britain.

"I believe we should be looking beyond our shores to learn the lesson from others who have faced similar problems," Cameron said.

Bratton will leave for London at the end of August. He's looking forward to making a positive impact in his new role. As for the commissioner of Scotland Yard?

"Whoever gets into that position has an incredibly difficult job ahead of them," he said.

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