Title: SSO FAIRVIEW Overview
Release Date: 2015-08-15
Description: This undated NSA Special Source Operations presentation describes the agency’s relationship with corporate partner AT&T, codenamed FAIRVIEW: see the New York Times article AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale, 15 August 2015.
Document: TOP SECRET//SI/OC//NOFORN
• (U) FAIRVIEW DEFINED
• (U) OPERATIONAL AUTHORITIES/CAPABILITIES
• (U) STATS: WHO IS USING DATA WE COLLECTED
• (U) FAIRVIEW WAY AHEAD AND WHAT IT MEANS
• (U) QUESTIONS
WHERE SSO IS ACCESSING YOUR TARGET
• (TS//SI//NF) Large SSO Program involves NSA and
Corporate Partner (Transit, FAA and FISA)
• (TS//SI//REL FVEY) Cooperative effort associated with mid-
point collection (cable, switch, router)
(TS//SI//NF) The partner operates in the U.S., but has
access to information that transits the nation and through its
corporate relationships provide unique accesses to other
telecoms and ISPs
(C) Access to massive amounts of data
(C) Controlled by variety of legal authorities
(C) Most accesses are controlled by partner
(C) Tasking delays
T ransit Authority
• (S//SI//REL FVEY) Communications must be confirmed foreign-to-
• (S//SI //REL FVEY) Filters at front-ends to ensure only authorized traffic
is forwarded to the DNR and DNI selection engines.
• (S//SI //REL FVEY) Occasionally the TOPI discovers that one end of the
intercept is actually in the US. We refer to this as a “domestic incident”.
• (C) TOPI’s must inform SSO Corp Team when this occurs via email alias
^^^■SSO files a formal report to NSA/SV for each occurrence of
a domestic incident.
(TS//SI//NF) US-990 (PDDG-UY) - key corporate partner
with access to international cables, routers, and
(TS//SI//NF) Key Targets: Global
(C) DNR: Directory ONMR
(C) DNI: Port 25 only under Transit Authority
All port traffic under FAA Authority
US-984X* - FAA
(TS//SI//NF) US-984XR (PDDG: YC-DNI) and US-984X2
(PDDG: 29-DNR) -collecting under FAA authority. Must
be justified under FAA Certification and selector must be
(C) DNI and DNR collection
(U//FOUO) “go FAA” for more information.
(TS//SI//NF) US-984T- Must be justified under FISA
(C) DNI collection
(U//FOUO) “go FISA” for more information.