Basically shitty software design and seemingly inconsistent outcomes to your actions means no one knows what the fuck is happening at all times and we all just shrug.
Of course, from a serious intelligence point of view, the obvious smart thing to do would be not to sacrifice a "wiretap" (or whatever its called) like this (and alerting the target that they have to comprehensively review their comms security) for the sake of a silly, short-lived publicity stunt, but just keep as quiet as possible and keep listening
You understand that that call quality is impacted by the transient carriers right, it's not like upgrading one section of this will improve the call quality, also, you don't clearly have the bandwidth.
I think conference calls would be better off using Teamspeak or Mumble or Ventrilo. Hugely better quality, fewer technical issues, and you can SEE who is in the channel.
Sure , you can get much better call quality on a 1:1 Skype chat, but try maintaining that quality with a dozen people on from all corners of the globe. Not going to happen.
If you think a recorded conference call is bad, wait until some FBI guy leaves his webcam pointed at a classified whiteboard or something. Webcam recording trojans aren't exactly rare.
I dunno that this is all that big a deal (aside from the lulz). This is asymmetric warfare, and as such secrecy favors the guerrilla faction, while the establishment operates with the enormous advantages of money and numbers.
More likely just social engineering. Methods are well covered in the awesome book by Kevin Mitnick in Ghost in the Wires (2011) - he did the same thing, monitored the FBI by wiretapping their phones and so was (often) one step ahead of them. When he was caught in a "surprise" raid, he had a box of donuts with the raiding FBI agents names on it sitting on the kitchen table.
Ironically, I am a supporter of Anonymous' declared mission of exposing corruption, injustice, hypocrisy and governments acting in secret.
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