Title: HOMING PIGEON

Release Date: 2014-05-13

Document Date: 2012-01-01

Description: These two slides, taken from a 2012 NSA presentation, describe the agency’s monitoring of in-air communications and the sharing of that information among the Five Eyes: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.

Document: Page 166

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(U) ANALYTIC DRIVER (CONT.)

□(S//SI//REL FVEY) Analytic Question

Given a GSM handset detected on a known
aircraft flight, what is the likely identity (or
identities) of the handset subscriber (and vice-
versa}?

□(TS//SI//REL FVEY) Proposed Process

Auto correlation of GSM handsets to subscribers
observed on two or more flights.

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(U) GOING FORWARD

□ (TS//SI//REL FVEY) SATC will complete development
once a reliable THIEVING MAGPIE data feed has been
established

□ (TS//SI//REL FVEY) Once the QFD is complete, it will
be available to FVEY users as a RESTful web service,
JEMA component, and a light weight web page

□ (TS//SI//REL FVEY) If the S2 QFD Review Panel elects
to ask for HOMING PIGEON to be made persistent,
its natural home would be incorporation into
FASTSCOPE

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