Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018 (San Bernardino County Sheriff)

Emma Best filed this request with the San Bernardino County Sheriff of San Bernardino County, CA.
Multi Request Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018
Due June 8, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: San Bernardino County Sheriff

San Bernardino County

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From: San Bernardino County Sheriff

San Bernardino County

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-494:

June 24, 2019

 

Emma Best 

 

Re: Public Records Act request 

 

Dear Ms. Best: 

 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (“Department”) is in receipt of your Public Records Act request. 

Pursuant to Government Code section 6253(c), and due to the voluminous request, we are requesting an extension of fourteen (14) days to review your request. We will contact you again on or before July 10, 2019 and provide you with an updated status.

 

Sincerely,

 

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department 

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From: San Bernardino County Sheriff

San Bernardino County

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-494:

July 11, 2019

Emma Best 

 

Re: Public Records Act request 

 

Dear Ms. Best: 

Please be advised that we are still working on your request. We will contact you on or before July 31, 2019  and provide you with and update.

 

Sincerely,

 

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department 

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