Title: SSO dictionary – MYSTIC

Release Date: 2014-05-19

Description: This extract is taken from an undated dictionary produced by NSA Special Source Operations, providing glosses for several terms associated with MYSTIC operations. The name of one country has been redacted: see the Intercept article Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas, 19 May 2014. Download […]

Document: BASECOAT (TS//SI//NF) MYSTIC acess; Bahamas A-link GSM. DEA access under LI that collects Counter-Narcotic (CN) targets. There are two sites located in the Bahamas. It is currently being used as a test bed for system deployments, capabilities, and improvements. (TS//SI//NF) NCSC covername for MYSTIC access provider
DUSKPALLET (TS//SI//NF) MYSTIC access that collects Kenya GSM (DNR). Collection is on the Abis link and brings back GSM metadata with the potential for content at a later date. Similar to LAUNDROMAT accesses
EVENINGEASEL (TS//SI//NF) SIMILAR to MYSTIC'S LAUDROMAT accesses. Pending access. Will collect Mexico GSM for CN targets. Site will be in Mexico.
GSM Groupe Speciale Mobile or Global System for Mobile communications. It is the most widely proliferated digital cellular technology in the world today.
LI Lawful Intercept
LOCKSTOCK (U//FOUO) An eight year/$51M Time & Material contract with General Dynamics, located in Annapolis Junction, MD, for^h^upporU)f the LOCKSTOCK collection system used by MYSTIC and RAM-M. COR is currently^^HHH Processes all MYSTIC data and data for other NS A accesses.
SOMALGET (TS//SI//NF) SOMALGET- UMBRELLA term for systems provided by (NCSC). Currently comprised of the SCALAWAG, OILYRAG, and LOLLYGAG collection systems and BASECOAT in the Bahamas. Processes over 100 million call events per day. The overt mission of for SOMALGET is under the Lawful Intercept (LI) auspices via DEA accesses. Host countries are not aware of NSA's SIGINT collection using these systems.
VENATOR (TS//SI//NF) MYSTIC access via DSD asset in a Philippine provider site. Collects Philippine GSM, Short Message Service (SMS) and Call Detail Records. Will soon become a source of lucrative intelligence for terrorist activities in Southern Philippines.


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