Hacking Team

Emma North-Best filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Due June 15, 2020
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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:

Records relating to or mentioning Hacking Team, including communications (i.e. emails, memos, letters, etc.) to or from the organization, contracts, bids and invoices to or from the organization, as well as any records relating to the 2015 hack of the organization, the subsequent release of their files and the republication of their emails on the WikiLeaks website.

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: United States Secret Service

Submitted on Monday, May 20, 2019 - 11:35
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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following
records:

Records relating to or mentioning Hacking Team, including communications
(i.e. emails, memos, letters, etc.) to or from the organization, contracts,
bids and invoices to or from the organization, as well as any records
relating to the 2015 hack of the organization, the subsequent release of
their files and the republication of their emails on the WikiLeaks website.

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

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From: United States Secret Service

Dear Requester, Please see the attached letter regarding the status of yourFOIA/PA request.  If you have any questions in regard to this matter,please contact this office at (202) 406-6370. Thank you, Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program United States Secret Service 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5 Washington, DC  20223 Phone: (202) 406-6370 Fax: (2020 406-5586 Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.  ­­

From: United States Secret Service

Dear Requester, Please see the attached letter regarding the status of yourFOIA/PA request.  If you have any questions in regard to this matter,please contact this office at (202) 406-6370. Thank you, Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program United States Secret Service 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5 Washington, DC  20223 Phone: (202) 406-6370 Fax: (2020 406-5586 Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.  ­­

From: Emma North-Best

Your letter here refers to two different requests, and was sent to the box for a third request. The Hacking Team FOIA included no such "fifty keywords," you literally just copied and pasted a different letter. Care to try again?

From: United States Secret Service

Dear Requester, Attached you will find the finalresponse regarding your Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Actrequest.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contactthis office by replying to this email or calling us at (202) 406-6370. Thank you, Freedom of Information Act &Privacy Act Program United States Secret Service 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5 Washington, DC 20223 Phone: (202) 406-6370 Fax: (202) 406-5586 Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.  ­­

From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the rejection in its entirety, as the caselaw establishes that the scope of the FOIA is proper, and agencies are not allowed to claim non-specific, hypothetical FOIA exemptions to general material without attempting to segregate the material nor is the assertion that the documents "would be heavily redacted" a reason to deny the request.

From: United States Secret Service

Hello Ms. Best,

I'm an attorney with the U.S. Secret Service, and your appeal of the FOIA office's decision regarding your request for records related to The Hacking Team was recently assigned to me. I've review a portion of the records that the agency located in response to your request, and I was hoping we could schedule a quick phone call this week to discuss your appeal. I have a general sense of the email records that we have that mention The Hacking Team, and I'd be happy to describe what I've reviewed so far and hopefully determine which of these records would be useful to you and which would not. That way I could provide you with a smaller quantity of potentially useful records in a shorter period of time.

I should be free any time Wednesday morning, Thursday, or Friday.

Best,
Steve Giballa
Senior Counsel, Cyber Law
United States Secret Service
202-507-1494

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From: Emma North-Best

I'm happy to discuss it, but I'm afraid we'll have to do it by email. As a general policy, it helps reduce confusion and right now I'm also recovering from surgery and phone calls are a bit more draining than I'd like (plus I'm still on pain killers).

Emma

From: United States Secret Service

Hi Emma,

No problem - I can describe at least the primary question that will help define the set of records that you’re requesting. Our CIO’s search of USSS email records turned up a bit over 30,000 emails that included the phrase “Hacking Team.” From the couple thousand I’ve reviewed so far, most of these are emails from the Hacking Team that appear to have been distributed to a kind of list-serve. Each email is typically a link to a news story about either cybercrime or just a foreign policy/national security story, with some editorializing from David Vincenzetti. We have multiple copies of each of these emails, which appear to have been sent to the list on a daily basis.

So I think the initial question is are you interested in receiving copies of these emails from the Hacking Team? Or would you rather only receive records of emails generated within the USSS that are in some way about the Hacking Team? That second category is going to be much smaller.

I’m happy to answer any follow-up questions about this as well. Hope the recovery is going well.
-Steve

From: Emma North-Best

You can exclude the ListServ emails.

From: United States Secret Service

Got it, thanks. That will significant cut down on the number of responsive emails. I’ll weed out the list-serve emails and let you know if we’re still looking at thousands or more like hundreds of responsive records.

From: United States Secret Service

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: United States Secret Service

Dear Ms. Best, Iunderstand on appeal you agreed to narrow the request to exclude emails to theHacking Team listserv.  I was reaching out to see if you would agree toexclude any other documents such as new articles or other listserv that justmention the Hacking Team. If you wish to discuss this matter in person please call me at 202-220-1775, thank you. Kevin L. Tyrrell Freedom of Information Act Program United States Secret Service 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5 Mail Stop 8205 Washington, DC  20223 Phone: (202) 220-1819 Fax: (202) 220-1755 Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.  ­­

From: Emma North-Best

Yes, that's fine. Thank you.

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