Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018 (Department of Justice, United States Marshals)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Department of Justice, United States Marshals of the United States of America.
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2019USMS33878

Multi Request Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018
Due June 26, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information 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 relating to or mentioning Anonymous or hacktivism sent to or received from any federal law enforcement or intelligence agencies or any fusion center
* 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.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

Dear Ms. Best; On or about June 4,2019, you submitted a FOIA request to the United States Marshals Service (USMS)for the following documents: Documents mentioning or relating to Anonymous (the hackermovement/collective, see below) or hacktivism (defined as hacking as a form ofprotest and/or activism) generated between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2019,including but not limited to: * Internal reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts relating toAnonymous or hacktivism * Reports from the appropriate IT (Information Technology) or computeroffices regarding possible cyber attacks by Anonymous or other hacktivists * Reports, bulletins, warnings and alerts relating to or mentioningAnonymous or hacktivism sent to or received from any federal law enforcement orintelligence agencies or any fusion center * Incident reports investigating possible hacking activity fallingwithin the office's jurisdiction and allegedly carried out by members ofAnonymous or other hacktivist groups * Materials generated as a result of any suspected or actualcompromise, breach or "dox" (revealing of personal or privateinformation) by Anonymous or other hacktivists (Date Range for Record Search:From 1/1/2009 To 1/1/2019) While the USMS iscontinuing to process your request, our efforts to substantively respond to themany Freedom of Information and Privacy Act requests pending action by thisService and our limited personnel resources have prevented a final response toyour request. So that we may moreeffectively utilize our limited resources, please advise regarding yourcontinued interest in obtaining records responsive to your request. If you arestill interested in receiving the documents responsive to this request shouldthey exist, please either respond to this email or mail your affirmative replyto: U.S. Marshals Service, FOI/PA, Office of General Counsel, CG-3, 15th Floor,Washington, DC 20530. Should we not hearfrom you within 30 days of the date of this letter, we will be forced to closeyour request due to not being responsive. Your attention tothis matter is appreciated. USMS FOIA

From: Emma North-Best

Yes, I am still interested in the request.

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