Title: Mobile Theme Briefing

Release Date: 2014-01-27

Document Date: 2010-05-28

Description: Six slides from a 28 May 2010 GCHQ presentation on intercepting mobile phone data, describing the agency’s many tools for compromising individual handsets and weaknesses within national networks and international roaming exchanges (GRXs). Note that these are the first versions of these documents to be released online: see the Guardian article NSA and GCHQ target […]

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MOBILE THEME BRIEFING

MAY 28 2010

MORE - mobile technologies, networks, signals
& locations

FASTER - developments against new mobile
internet applications

BETTER - locating of mobile devices

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Mobile Challenge

4 billion mobile subscribers worldwide...most
prolific customer product ever invented

By 2015 up to 90% of internet traffic will be
accessed on mobile devices

Over 200 3rd party Location Aware Applications
on the iPhone alone

• Global mobile communications users outnumber
internet users by 2:1

Predicted that in 2011 mobile broadband will
overtake fixed-line internet connections in the UK

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Project Scope & Objectives

Users are moving their Internet access point from a
fixed device to a mobile device. Mobile versions of
common applications (for instance Facebook or Google
maps) are not processed by our current capabilities.

The Mobile Applications Project aims to deliver two
capabilities:

- capability against mobile applications (on both mobile
and core Internet networks)

-target-centric converged analysis of Voice, Text, C2C
and Geo data

All types of phone and OS present different challenges
Iphone, Symbian, Android,Windows Mobile, etc.

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Planning Approach

Tackle Mobile Internet first - GRX/GTP. Core
Internet next.

Project focused on exploiting Roaming Mobile
Network Traffic (GRX) - Rich in Converged Data

Pragmatic approaches - limited Mobile Resources
e.g Use of Agility trials

Ideally OPS driven - Technically informed

Aiming for 20 Mobile Apps + 100 TDIs for
FY10/11

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