The call begins with Stewart and Bruce of Scotland Yard and the Los Angeles office of the FBI as they tell inside jokes about McDonald's and cheese and talk shop about a hacker plot called "Project Mayhem."
They discuss strategy aimed at bringing down the hacking collective known as Anonymous, which has launched a series of embarrassing attacks across the Internet.
Unfortunately for the cyber sleuths, the hackers were listening, too, and now so is everyone else in the world.
As FBI and Scotland Yard investigators recently plotted out a strategy for tracking suspects linked to Anonymous, little did they know that members of the group were eavesdropping on their conference call and recording their plans.
The online vigilante group has released a 17-minute clip of a Jan. 17 conference call between investigators discussing evidence gathered against members of the group as well as upcoming plans for arrests. The group also released an e-mail sent out by an FBI agent to law enforcement agents around the world with a phone number and password for accessing the conference call.
The FBI has confirmed to the Associated Press that the recording is authentic.