Hacked conversation between FBI, UK police

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LONDON (AP) ? The following are excerpts of the roughly 15-minute-long conversation between FBI and British law enforcement.

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In one exchange which played poorly in the British media, the officers make fun of Sheffield, a gritty industrial city in northern England where police are hosting an upcoming cybercrime conference.

“I’ve never been to Sheffield,” the FBI official says.

“You’ve missed nothing … It’s not exactly a jewel in England’s crown,” says his British counterpart to uproarious laughter.

“There’s a big university up there, right?”

“Sheffield university is quite big, a huge shopping center as well … but that’s about it.”

At one point someone mentions that Sheffield has a McDonald’s.

“Oh great I look forward to that!” the FBI official jokes.

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In another exchange, the Scotland Yard officer appears to make reference to a previous contretemps in U.K.-U.S. cooperation.

“Hey, we’re here to help,” the British cybercrime investigator says.

“Haha, we appreciate that,” the FBI official says.

“We’ve cocked thing up in the past, we know that,” the Brit says.

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The British investigator, talking about a teenage hacking suspect, described him as “a 15-year-old kid who’s basically doing this all for attention, and a bit of an idiot. … He’s basically just a pain in the bum. Again, another juvenile, another wannabe-type character.”

The investigator says he’s looking into the teen’s associates.

“Whether their his online friends or his three-dimensional friends I’m not sure,” he jokes.

The investigator says the teenager has admitted to a series of hacks.

“It looks like he’s almost cleaning the slate now that he’s come to the notice of police,” the investigator says. “I suspect a smack from mum or dad is behind it all.”