OurMine

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1422733-000

Due Jan. 2, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Files mentioning OurMine, a hacker group that compromised celebrities and YouTuber's Twitter accounts for "security" reasons. On August 31, 2017 OurMine left a message on the homepage of WikiLeaks. “Hi, it’s OurMine (Security Group), don’t worry we are just testing your…. blablablab, oh wait, this is not a security test! Wikileaks, remember when you challenged us to hack you?"

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: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Information Management Division
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

  • Ef78b77728b5784e1a924b2d221d8be56b1bef3bd_Q46165_D2258171

From: Emma Best

We agree to pay fees associated with this request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,

We're contacting you about the FOIPA request you made for records concerning OurMine. The FBI located approximately 25,171 pages potentially responsive to your request. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium (51-950 pages), large (951-8000 pages), and extra-large (over 8000 pages) sub-tracks based upon request size.

Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. The more potentially responsive pages a request has, the more complex it becomes, greatly increasing the time required for processing. Generally, the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. A review of your request determined that it is currently in the complex request x-large processing track. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may yet be a long time before you begin to receive material from this request.

Reducing the scope of your request may accelerate the processing and allow for a more timely receipt of the information you seek, as it could potentially place your request into a smaller, faster processing track. Would you be willing to consider reducing the scope of your request? If so, we would be happy to help you to decide the best approach to take. If you are looking for something specific, we could approach the scope reduction process in that way.

The current average time to complete an x-large track request is approximately 77 months.

Please let us know if you would like to potentially reduce the scope of your request. If you reduce the size, you can request the additional records with a new FOIA request upon completion of this one.

We can be reached via email at fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov, or you may call 540-868-4894. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
FBI Information Management Division
Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov
540-868-4894

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Morning Ms. Best,

We're following up with the email sent out last week to you with regards to your FOIA request 1422733-000. The original email goes into more detail for our contact with you. Please let us know if you are interested in narrowing the scope of this request please.

We thank you for your time and attention to this inquiry.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
FBI Information Management Division
Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov
540-868-4894

From: Emma Best

Can you give us a breakdown of the file types and their respective estimated page counts? We're also open to any suggestions or ideas that might occur to anyone looking at the files.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Morning Ms. Best,

After further review it appears that this case contains one main file and sub files. The date range covers the years 2015-2017. Currently this request is in the complex request x-large processing track with an average time to complete of approximately 77 months.

Since this case contains a lot of potential responsive pages, we would recommend the following option for this request. We could move forward with the scope reduction by limiting to the first 950 potential responsive pages. Then this request would move to the medium track processing with an average time to complete of approximately 26 months.

Please let us know if you agree with the above option so we can move forward with this request.

We can be reached via email at fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov, or you may call 540-868-4894. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
FBI Information Management Division
Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov
540-868-4894

From: Emma Best

Ah, well unfortunately if it's one file and that's all the information you can give me, so I guess we'll just have to wait six and a half years (one hundred and fifteen and one half times longer than the law allows).

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Morning Ms. Best,

We're following up with the email sent out last week to you with regards to your FOIA request 1422733-000. The email dated June 17, 2019 goes into more detail for our contact with you. Please let us know if you agree with the reduced scope option discussed in the June 17, 2019 email so we can move forward with this request.

We can be reached via email at fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov, or you may call 540-868-4894. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
FBI Information Management Division
Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov<mailto:Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov>
540-868-4894

From: Emma Best

1. "June 17, 2019 email" – it was the 18th, but since when has the FBI been detail oriented?
2. "Please let us know if you agree with the reduced scope" – I already addressed this on the same day as your email (the 18th, or as you may call it, the 17th) when I wrote "Ah, well unfortunately if it's one file and that's all the information you can give me, so I guess we'll just have to wait six and a half years (one hundred and fifteen and one half times longer than the law allows)."
3. "We can be reached via email at fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov" – Can you? Cause you sure seem to be unaware of emails that are sent to that address.
4. "We appreciate your patience" – What patience? I have no choice but to wait while you fail to meet your legal requirements
5. "and hope to hear from you soon" – Don't lie, lol.

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