Title: DGO Enables Endpoint Implants via QUANTUMTHEORY

Release Date: 2016-08-19

Document Date: 2011-09-26

Description: This 26 September 2011 article from the NSA’s internal newsletter Special Source Operations News discusses the delivery of QUANTUMINSERT malware to a target in Pakistan: see the Intercept article The NSA Leak is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm, 19 August 2016.

Document: (TS//SI//NF) DGO Enables Endpoint Implants via QUANTUMTHEORY
By [[REDACTED]] on 2011-09-26 1548

(TS//SI//NF) In another example of the emerging collaboration between the Endpoint
and Midpoint missions, the QUANTUM team had another marked success during the week
of 12 September 2011. TAO's R&T analysts identified an opportunity to use
QUANTUMINSERT to exploit a Pri-1 CT target, Badruddin Haqqani, the senior leader in
the Haqqani network located in the Miram Shah in Pakistan's tribal area.

Badruddin's importance has recently come under closer scrutiny by U.S. Government
policymakers due to his involvement in the attack on coalition forces in
Afghanistan with a large truck-borne IED.

(TS//SI//NF) QUANTUMINSERT is meant to briefly hijack connections between a
specific target and a web connection in order to redirect the target to a TAO
server (FOXACID) for implantation. To implement this, SIGDEV analysts worked with
SSO's DANCINGOASIS (DGO) collection management to put four specific signal case
notations on cover. Using the tips from the collection from DANCINGOASIS, 47 shots
from QUANTUMINSERT were taken resulting in 22 FOXCONTACTs, including nine from this
specific target. This meant nine opportunities to implant the target. One of these
was successful, resulting in the VALIDATOR implant being installed on the target
computer. This allows TAO to formulate and execute plans for further exploitation
of the target's computer.

By [[REDACTED]] on 2011-04-15 0758

(TS//SI//NF) QUANTUMTHEORY culminated its first week running at SARATOGA with a
successful exploit of a Pakistani target for TAO's R&T organization. QUANTUMTHEORY
(QT) is a set of CNO Man-on-the-Side capabilities that involve real-time responses
to passive collection. After the recent TURMOIL upgrade at SSO's SARATOGA access,
TAO operators were able to run QUANTUMHAND which exploits the computer of a target
accessing his facebook account. Briefly, when quantum is tipped that a target is
using Facebook, quantum pretends to be the Facebook server and sends a response to
the target. This fake response contains a link to TAO's FOXACID server, which
implants the target's computer. In just a week, nearly 100 "shots" have been fired
on 14 targets using QUANTUM from over 1300 tips received from SARATOGA. More
targets are being added. This collaboration between TD, SSG, TAO, and SSO is
another successful example of the emerging emphasis on Endpoint-Midpoint


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