|Multi Request||Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018|
|Submitted||May 29, 2019|
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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.
Dear Ms. Best:
This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request below filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) on May 30, 2019. Your request, pursuant to the Commission rules at 46 C.F.R. §503.31-34, seeking documents mentioning or relating to Anonymous or hacktivism generated between January 1, 2009 and January 1, 2019 as described has been assigned FMC FOIA number 19-019.
Please be advised processing of your request may be delayed by approximately two weeks due to current workload constraints.
For your information, if there are documents found to be responsive to your request they may contain the following type of information protected from disclosure under the FOIA:
Inter/intra-agency correspondence protected pursuant to FOIA Exemption 5, 5 U.S.C. §552(b)(5)
Information of personal privacy pursuant to FOIA Exemption 6, 5 U.S.C. §552(b)(6)
Records or Information compiled for law enforcement purposes pursuant to FOIA exemption 7, 5 U.S.C. §552(b)(7).
When corresponding with the Commission regarding this FOIA request, please refer to the assigned FMC FOIA number provided above. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Government Information Specialist
Office of the Secretary
Federal Maritime Commission
The Commission’s FOIA Public Liaison is available to resolve any disputes. Her contact information is:
Rachel Dickon, Secretary
Dear Ms. Best:
This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request FMC FOIA number 19-019 filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) seeking documents mentioning or relating to Anonymous or hacktivism generated between January 1, 2009 and January 1, 2019 as described in your request.
There are no documents responsive to your request.
With this response, we will consider your request closed. There will be no charge for responding to your FOIA request. When corresponding with the Commission regarding this FOIA request, please refer to the assigned FMC FOIA number provided above.
Administrative appeals should be submitted to the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission pursuant to 46 C.F.R. §503.32<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=9109e9d6d5bedc9383fae368c74ea2a9&mc=true&node=pt46.9.503&rgn=div5#se46.9.503_132>.
Feel free to contact Ian Lane of my staff at 202-523-5725 or me by reply to this email if you have any questions.
Rachel E. Dickon
Secretary/FOIA Public Liaison
Federal Maritime Commission
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Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.