Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018 (DeKalb County Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the DeKalb County Police Department of Dekalb County, GA.
Multi Request Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: DeKalb County Police Department

Ms. Best,

We have received your ORR dated May 30, 2019 concerning records associated with the group "Anonymous" and related groups. In an effort to ensure that we search for the exact information you are requesting we need the following information:

1. Search terms you would like included.
2. Employee names you would like included in the search. If you want all DeKalb County Government employees included this will result in additional time required and will increase the cost.
Upon receiving this additional information necessary for us to prepare our cost estimate for your approval prior to performing the work. If you approve the associated cost we will produce the data, conduct our standard filtering for attorney client privileged data and upload the subsequent data to our FTP site for you to download.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to you providing the requested information as necessary for us to prepare a quote for your approval.

Barry Puckett | Deputy Director of Infrastructure | DeKalb County Government | Bobby Burgess Building | 3630 Camp Circle | Decatur, GA 30032 | Cell: 404.637.4134 | Email: jbpuckett@dekalbcountyga.gov<mailto:jbpuckett@dekalbcountyga.gov> | http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov<http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/>
Skype: jbpuckett
NOTE: Email is provided to employees for the administrative needs of the county. Email correspondence to/from a county email account is considered public information and subject to release under Georgia laws or pursuant to subpoena.
To report issues for tracking and accountability. Please click on the link below and create a ticket using our helpdesk software. This will ensure that your request is handled promptly and if you need assistance creating a ticket, please click on the solutions tab and watch a quick training video.
Department of Innovation & Technology Helpdesk Self-service Web Site: https://helpdesk.dekalbcountyga.gov<https://helpdesk.dekalbcountyga.gov/>
Department of Innovation & Technology Helpdesk Telephone Number: 404.371.2363

From: DeKalb County Police Department

Emma,

Please see our response to your open record request.

DeKalb County Police Department ~ Open Records
1960 West Exchange Place, 4th Floor
Tucker, GA 30084
(O): (770) 724-7474
(F): (770) 724-7814
(E): DKPDOPENRECORDS@DEKALBCOUNTYGA.GOV<mailto:DKPDOPENRECORDS@DEKALBCOUNTYGA.GOV>

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From: DeKalb County Police Department

Ms. Best,

I am following up on your Open Records Request. At this time I have received no further comments or clarification from you concerning the information necessary for us to prepare an estimate of the cost prior to our starting the request. Specifically, we require additional information to proceed. The information you provided is not sufficient for us to prepare search criteria for the exact information you are requesting. We need the following information:
1. Search terms you would like included.
2. Employee names you would like included in the search. If you want all DeKalb County Government employees included this will result in additional time required and will increase the cost.
Upon receiving this additional information necessary for us to prepare our cost estimate for your approval prior to performing the work. If you approve the associated cost we will produce the data, conduct our standard filtering for attorney client privileged data and upload the subsequent data to our FTP site for you to download.

Barry Puckett | Deputy Director of Infrastructure | DeKalb County Government | Bobby Burgess Building | 3630 Camp Circle | Decatur, GA 30032 | Cell: 404.637.4134 | Email: jbpuckett@dekalbcountyga.gov | http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov

Skype: jbpuckett

NOTE: Email is provided to employees for the administrative needs of the county. Email correspondence to/from a county email account is considered public information and subject to release under Georgia laws or pursuant to subpoena.

To report issues for tracking and accountability. Please click on the link below and create a ticket using our helpdesk software. This will ensure that your request is handled promptly and if you need assistance creating a ticket, please click on the solutions tab and watch a quick training video.

Department of Innovation & Technology Helpdesk Self-service Web Site: https://helpdesk.dekalbcountyga.gov

Department of Innovation & Technology Helpdesk Telephone Number: 404.371.2363

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