Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018 (Albuquerque Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the Albuquerque Police Department of Albuquerque, NM.
Tracking #

19-6359

Multi Request Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents mentioning or relating to Anonymous (the hacker movement/collective, see below) or hacktivism (defined as hacking as a form of protest and/or activism) generated between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2019, including but not limited to:

* Internal reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts relating to Anonymous or hacktivism
* Reports from the appropriate IT (Information Technology) or computer offices regarding possible cyber attacks by Anonymous or other hacktivists
* Reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts sent to or received from either the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, any fusion center or federal agency relating to or mentioning Anonymous or hacktivism
* Incident reports investigating possible hacking activity falling within the office's jurisdiction and allegedly carried out by members of Anonymous or other hacktivist groups
* Materials generated as a result of any suspected or actual compromise, breach or "dox" (revealing of personal or private information) by Anonymous or other hacktivists

Anonymous has been described by government agencies as a non-hierarchical hacktivist collective, Anonymous uses hacking (and arguably cracking) techniques to register political protest in campaigns known as “#ops.” Best known for their distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks, past activities have included attacks against the Church of Scientology; Visa, Paypal, and others who withdrew their services from WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange after that group began releasing war documents; #OpTunisia and others purporting to support the Arab Spring; and a campaign that brought down the website of the Westboro Baptist Church. #Ops are usually marked with the release of a video of a reader in a Guy Fawkes mask using a computer generated voice. See attached for additional background information.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Albuquerque Police Department

Hello,
Your request has been received and entered as 19-6359. For future records requests please go to the following website to submit your request:
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Thank you,

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Stephanie Casaus

Senior Office Assistant | Office of the City Clerk
o 505.924-3650
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From: Albuquerque Police Department

City of Albuquerque

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Hi there

Your first City of Albuquerque record request (request number #19-6359) has been submitted.
It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.

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From: Albuquerque Police Department

City of Albuquerque

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-6359:

Hello Ms. Best, 

 

On September 19, 2019, we received your request to inspect the following:  

 

On May 29, 2019:

Subject: New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act Request: Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018 (Albuquerque Police Department)

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents mentioning or relating to Anonymous (the hacker movement/collective, see below) or hacktivism (defined as hacking as a form of protest and/or activism) generated between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2019, including but not limited to:

* Internal reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts relating to Anonymous or hacktivism

* Reports from the appropriate IT (Information Technology) or computer offices regarding possible cyber attacks by Anonymous or other hacktivists

* Reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts sent to or received from either the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, any fusion center or federal agency relating to or mentioning Anonymous or hacktivism

* Incident reports investigating possible hacking activity falling within the office's jurisdiction and allegedly carried out by members of Anonymous or other hacktivist groups

* Materials generated as a result of any suspected or actual compromise, breach or "dox" (revealing of personal or private information) by Anonymous or other hacktivists

Anonymous has been described by government agencies as a non-hierarchical hacktivist collective, Anonymous uses hacking (and arguably cracking) techniques to register political protest in campaigns known as “#ops.” Best known for their distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks, past activities have included attacks against the Church of Scientology; Visa, Paypal, and others who withdrew their services from WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange after that group began releasing war documents; #OpTunisia and others purporting to support the Arab Spring; and a campaign that brought down the website of the Westboro Baptist Church. #Ops are usually marked with the release of a video of a reader in a Guy Fawkes mask using a computer generated voice. See attached for additional background information.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

Filed via MuckRock.com

 

Although it may be sooner, it will take up to 15 calendar days to respond to your request, which will be on October 4, 2019.

 

Sincerely, 

Yvette Gurule

IPRA Specialist 

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From: Albuquerque Police Department

City of Albuquerque

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-6359:

Hello Ms. Best,

 

We recently received your request which you submitted to Muckrock on May 29, 2019. Due to an error in where Muckrock was sending the requests, we did not receive the requests until recently. We are unclear whether you are still interested in this information.

 

Please contact me as soon as possible regarding your request.

 

Respectfully,

 

Yvette Gurule

IPRA Specialist

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From: Emma Best

I am still interested.

From: Muckrock Staff

Hi there,

This request was initially sent to the email address for the APD's Public Information Officer. We've now associated the city's NextRequest portal with this request, and we can direct future requests that way. If the PIO's email address is not functional or not attended, it would be helpful to know that. Otherwise, people may generally expect that that would be a reasonable way to submit requests.

Please provide an update on the processing status of #19-6359 when you can.

Thank you.

From: Albuquerque Police Department

City of Albuquerque

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-6359:

Dear Ms. Best:

 

This correspondence concerns your IPRA request dated May 29, 2019 and received by my office on September 19, 2019, in which you requested to inspect the following:

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents mentioning or relating to Anonymous (the hacker movement/collective, see below) or hacktivism (defined as hacking as a form of protest and/or activism) generated between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2019, including but not limited to:

* Internal reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts relating to Anonymous or hacktivism

* Reports from the appropriate IT (Information Technology) or computer offices regarding possible cyber attacks by Anonymous or other hacktivists

* Reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts sent to or received from either the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, any fusion center or federal agency relating to or mentioning Anonymous or hacktivism

* Incident reports investigating possible hacking activity falling within the office's jurisdiction and allegedly carried out by members of Anonymous or other hacktivist groups

* Materials generated as a result of any suspected or actual compromise, breach or "dox" (revealing of personal or private information) by Anonymous or other hacktivists

Anonymous has been described by government agencies as a non-hierarchical hacktivist collective, Anonymous uses hacking (and arguably cracking) techniques to register political protest in campaigns known as “#ops.” Best known for their distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks, past activities have included attacks against the Church of Scientology; Visa, Paypal, and others who withdrew their services from WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange after that group began releasing war documents; #OpTunisia and others purporting to support the Arab Spring; and a campaign that brought down the website of the Westboro Baptist Church. #Ops are usually marked with the release of a video of a reader in a Guy Fawkes mask using a computer generated voice. See attached for additional background information.

 

Please be advised upon further review, we have determined your request is “excessively burdensome and broad,” and my office respectfully requests an “additional reasonable period of time” to complete the request. NMSA 1978, § 14-2-10.  We will continue to update you on our progress. Finally, we will promptly contact you as soon as those documents become available for your inspection or pick up.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Yvette Gurule

IPRA Specialist

 

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From: Albuquerque Police Department

City of Albuquerque

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-6359:

Hello Ms. Best,

 

We are still reviewing records for your request, we will notify you once our review is complete.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Yvette Gurule

IPRA Specialist

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From: Albuquerque Police Department

City of Albuquerque

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Hi there

Documents have been released for record request #19-6359 along with the following message:

Hello Ms. Best, 

 

All responsive records have been provided via NextRequest. Below this email will be a link to view/download the responsive record(s). 

 

If you have any issues, please contact the City Clerk's office at (505) 924-3650 for assistance in troubleshooting. 

  

Thank you for your patience. 

 

Respectfully, 

Yvette Gurule

IPRA Specialist 

* RE New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act Request #19-6359.msg

* Anonymous Security Threat.xlsx

* Anonymous Security Threat. Contacts_Redacted.pdf

* Applications_Copy of Anonymous Security Threat.xlsx

* Applications_Copy of Anonymous Security Threat. Contacts.pdf

Document links are valid for one month.
After January 6, you will need to sign in to view the document(s).

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From: Albuquerque Police Department

City of Albuquerque

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Hi there

Record request #19-6359 has been closed and published. The closure reason supplied was:

Hello Ms. Best, 

 

All responsive documents have been made available for inspection. This request is now fulfilled and will be closed. 

 

Sincerely, 

Yvette Gurule

IPRA Specialist 

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From: Albuquerque Police Department

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