Title: 2004 Gold Nugget Award Winner Named

Release Date: 2018-03-01

Document Date: 2005-10-12

Description: An agency expert on GSM technology exploitation won the Gold Nugget Award for achievement in the field of traffic analysis. The analyst was the first to identify and read GSM text messages via Signaling System No. 7. Previously, he exploited prepaid calling cards and helped begin to extract “cellular prepaid validation metadata.”

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(U//FOUO) 2004 Gold Nugget Award Winner Named
FROM:
Asst. Director, Intelligence Analysis Skill Community (EL3)
Run Date: 10/12/2005

(S//SI) The Intelligence Analysis Skill Community is pleased to announce
as
the recipient of the GOLD NUGGET Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Traffic
Analysis during 2004. Assigned to the Target Analysis Center (TAC),
is an Agency
expert on SS7 (Signaling System Seven) and GSM (Global System for Mobile communications)
technology exploitation, and the first NSA analyst to identify and read GSM SMS (Short Message
Service) texts in SS7.
(U//FOUO)
was presented with the Gold Nugget Award on Wed., 21 September
2005, by Ms. Barbara McNamara, retired Deputy Director of NSA.
received his award
in the presence of his family and close associates at a small, unclassified ceremony with
reception in the Canine Suite.

(U//FOUO) Barbara McNamara presents GOLD NUGGET Award to
(U//FOUO)
was presented with the Gold Nugget Award on Wed., 21 September
2005, by Ms. Barbara McNamara, retired Deputy Director of NSA.
received his award
in the presence of his family and close associates at a small, unclassified ceremony with
reception in the Canine Suite.
(S//SI) The following are just some of
2004:

distinct accomplishments and contributions in

(S//SI) He developed the first-ever analytic methodology to exploit prepaid calling cards.
This culminated in operational calling card collection capabilities at five different
collection sites by the end of 2004.
(S//SI) He created requirements leading to collection system modifications for extracting
GSM cellular prepaid validation metadata. This action resulted in hundreds of thousands
of metadata records per day to FASCIA for follow-on analysis in NSA metadata analytic
toolkits.
(S//SI) He created the first methodology employed by NSA that is capable of identifying
those IS-136/TDMA cellular identifier correlations (MIN to Phone Number) that are
exceptions to a provider's normal allocation pattern.
(S//SI) To assist product line analysts, he wrote a working aid to explain the appearances
and significance of Mobile Station Roaming Numbers (MSRNs -- temporary GSM cellular
phone numbers) in traffic. (See the MSRN working aid .)
(S//SI)
also transfers his technical research and knowledge to the NSA analysts and
the Extended Enterprise through formal and informal training. He is an adjunct faculty member
at the National Cryptologic School (NCS), assists and trains analysts from across the Extended
Enterprise, and speaks at conferences.

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