Title: Special Source Operations overview

Description: This presentation gives an overview of the NSA’s programmes targeting the fibre optic cables that carry much of the world’s internet traffic. One slide gives a breakdown of which data sources form the basis of Presidential daily briefings. Another shows that the access point used to collect Yahoo and Google cloud data (MUSCULAR) is operated […]

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Special Source Operations

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Today’s Cable Program

Three Access
Portfolios

Foreign

RAMPART-A (3rd Party)
WINDSTOP (2nd Party)

Corporate

BLARNEY-FISA
FAIRVIEW
STORMBREW
OAKSTAR
PRISM
FAA

Unilateral

RAMPART-I/X
RAMPART-T (ClanSIG)

MYSTIC

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UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

Got Fiber??

WORLDWIDE UNDERSEA FIBEROPTIC

ROUTES PLANNED AND IN PLACE

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Incredible Challenges... topsecret//comint//noforn

How To Find Target Communication on a Typical Fiber Optic Cable?

1 Cable X 12 Fibers X 64 wavelengths X 10 B bits/Sec = 100 Million

Simultaneous

Telephone or Internet Sessions

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SSO Foreign Programs___________________

Partnering with Foreign SIGINT partners to
enable access to foreign intelligence

Partnerships developed jointly with
Foreign Affairs Directorate

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RAMPART A

(TS//SI//NF) Unconventional special access program
leveraging Third Party partnerships:

• High-capacity international fiber transiting major
congestion points around the world

• Foreign Partners provide access to cables and
host U.S. equipment

• U.S. provides equipmentfor transport,
processing and analysis

• No U.S. collection by Partner and No Host
Country collection by U.S. - there ARE exceptions!

• Shared tasking and collection

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Typical RAM-A Configuration

RAMPART-A Typical Operation

USA

Site D/E

NSA

Country X

Site B

Processing Center

International Cable

Site A

Access Point

Site C

Partner Analysts

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Cable to Database

Front End
Cable

Switch

Controller

LOPERS

WC-2 &
DEEP DIVE

FASCIA

PINWALE

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President’s Daily Brief Sources

10 TAO

11 INCENSER

15 NSA Reporting of GCHQ - DS-200

CY2010through mid-May

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2nd Party Accesses

■ DS-200 - is NSA’s reporting of GCHQ’s “special source”
collection

■ DS-200B -MUSCULAR

■ 20 Gbit TURMOIL capacity

■ Tasking worked cooperatively with GCHQ counterparts

■ IP Subnetpromotion inplace

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IP MUSCULAR (DS-200B)

1 Operational July 2009

■ (S//REL USA,GBR) Large international access located in
United Kingdom

■ Four TURMOIL T16s at 2.5Gb each - total ingest 10Gb

■ LPTs installed May 2010 increase ingest to 20Gb

l Tasking worked cooperatively with GCHQ counterparts
I Partner to assume total control/responsibility for systems
I IP Subnet promotion in place, VoIP in the works

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Release Date: 2013-11-04

Document Path: http://edwardsnowden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/sso4.pdf

Article Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/11/04/how-we-know-the-nsa-had-access-to-internal-google-and-yahoo-cloud-data/
http://edwardsnowden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/sso4.pdf

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