The FBI sounded affronted when it confirmed the hack to U.S. news outlets today, characterizing the conference call as having been "intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained" – which, from Anonymous' point of view, would have been the point.
"A criminal investigation is under way to identify and hold accountable those responsible," an FBI spokesman said.
There is always a criminal investigation underway about Anonymous, to which it responds with a mixture of defensiveness and cheek – knocking off the bobby's helmet as it races by, so to speak, rather than slinking quietly with its hood pulled down low.
Anonymi posted to show they had access not only to dial-in conference-call passwords but also the "secure" email systems through which they're delivered.
The timing is just as interesting.
Though the recording itself went online Wednesday, Anonymi posted the email today as part of FFF – "F*** the FBI Friday," a tradition begun by those rascals of LulzSec last summer in a bid to get even more attention for a campaign that included attacks on the Senate, the Pentagon, the FBI and dozens of U.S. police departments.
This week's revelations are the most significant Friday issuance for a while from Anonymous, which is making the most of the opportunity by gathering a crowd on Twitter to which it can preach.
The Boston Police Department web site BPDNews took the hit this week, with defacements railing against the BPD's crackdown on the Occupy Boston movement and its alleged abuses toward protesters.
anonymousSabu – high-profile spokesperson for LulzSec and at least some factions in Anonymous, promised more releases as well.
This isn't the first barrage Anonymous has directed against the FBI recently.
A tantalizing (but faked) psychological profile and strategy document posted in September, after supposedly being stolen from the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, characterized members of Anonymous and LulzSec as being primarily under 30, dilettantish, but increasingly a threat to national security.
Read carefully, the document wasn't very realistic.