Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018 (New Jersey State Police)

Emma Best filed this request with the New Jersey State Police of New Jersey.
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W146467

Multi Request Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: New Jersey State Police

Ms. Best,

The Division of State Police is in receipt of your OPRA request.

A request was sent out seeking responsive records to your request and the search is ongoing. We would like to extend your due date until June 27th, 2019. If the records are received before that date and available for release, I will get them to you at that time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at DSP@gw.njsp.org and please be sure to provide your OPRA case number in the subject line of your correspondence.

Sincerely,
Lt. David Robbins

New Jersey State Police

From: New Jersey State Police

Ms. Best,

The Division of State Police is in receipt of your OPRA request.
A request was sent out seeking responsive records to your request and the search is ongoing. We would like to extend your due date until July 12, 2019. If the records are received before that date and available for release, I will get them to you at that time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at DSP@gw.njsp.org and please be sure to provide your OPRA case number in the subject line of your correspondence.

Sincerely,
Lt. David Robbins
New Jersey State Police

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: New Jersey State Police

Ms. Best,

The Division of State Police is in receipt of your OPRA request.
A request was sent out seeking responsive records to your request and the search is ongoing. We would like to extend your due date until July 23rd, 2019. If the records are received before that date and available for release, I will get them to you at that time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at DSP@gw.njsp.org and please be sure to provide your OPRA case number in the subject line of your correspondence.

Sincerely,
Lt. David Robbins
New Jersey State Police

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: New Jersey State Police

Ms. Best,

The Division of State Police is in receipt of your OPRA request.
A request was sent out seeking responsive records to your request and the search is ongoing. We would like to extend your due date until August 2, 2019. If the records are received before that date and available for release, I will get them to you at that time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at DSP@gw.njsp.org and please be sure to provide your OPRA case number in the subject line of your correspondence.

Sincerely,
Lt. David Robbins
New Jersey State Police

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: New Jersey State Police

Please see attached

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

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