Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018 (U.S. Department of Education)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the U.S. Department of Education of the United States of America.

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Multi Request Anonymous + general hacktivists 2009-2018
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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.


Emma Best

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,

This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.

Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-401-8365 or Thank you. (

ED FOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good afternoon Ms. Best,

This communication is regarding your FOIA request that you submitted on May 30, 2019.

We would like to schedule a time over the coming days to discuss the scope of your request with you. Please provide me a few time slots that you are available on Thursday and/or Friday of this week.

Robert Wehausen
FOIA Team Lead
Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW 7C132
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 205-0733

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good morning Ms. Best,

In order for us to process your request, we need additional information from you.

Please respond by Friday, July 12, 2019. A lack of a response by this date will be interpreted to mean that you are no longer interested in the requested information, resulting in the administrative closure of your request.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter.

Robert Wehausen
FOIA Team Lead
Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW 7C132
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 205-0733