Title: Supporting Internet Operations

Release Date: 2015-09-25

Document Date: 2009-01-01

Description: This GCHQ presentation from 2010 describes the extent of the agency’s cable-tapping and plans for the future: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.

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Supporting Internet Operations

Supporting Internet Operations

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15 mins to cover:

- What does the environment look like

- What does the SSE Roadmap tell us:

• Current posture

• ..and where do we want to be

- Where are we now

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Old Cable Map

• More bandwidth being lit on existing cable

Moving target:

• Several new cable systems being
introduced (just in 2010).

• As per SSE Roadmap, we need to
maintain our investment in the access
footprint in order to keep up.

1. This is a view of the commercial cable systems transiting the UK. There are around 1600 available
10Gs within these cables.

2. This is 25% of all internet traffic

3. Although the total percentage processed may seem in the lower percentile range we can actually
survey the majority of the 1600.

4. This allows us to select the most valuable to switch into our processing systems.

5. Advancing techniques wil allow a greater rate of processing by using targeted techniques (bulk
presence events and T1PC).

Current Capability

Supporting Internet Operations

• Following the efforts made for the July deliverable, and
the progress being made towards the 100 March 2010
target, GCHQs current 10G SSE capability is:

- We can intercept/touch: -800x 10Gs (See note ri)

- We can cyclic survey: 188

- We can egress to GCHQ processing: 87 (See note #2)

• In addition we are working with GERONTIC to agree an
IRU which will enable a significant reduction in annual
running costs (~£2M saving p.a), along with a further 10x
10G egress.

Note #1. Does not include CIRCUIT/WAYGOOD

Note #2. HIASCO access/egress to Bude complete - awaiting extra ARCANO egress

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SSE Roadmap / Future Capability

Supporting Internet Operations

• The SSE Roadmap is still valid though needs re-visiting to
update/valldate the recommended intercept and egress

• Along with TEA and SRT (and ECB) we are developing
new relationships to expand our access footprint, to bring
the number of 10G bearers:

- Intercepted by Mar 2011 to: 1513 (or there abouts...)

(+70 if we include CIRCUIT/WG)

- Egressed to GCHQ processing systems by Mar 2011 to: 415

Eagle eyed will have noticed that this doesn't align with the
projected processing and storage profile.

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SINO Access Plans for 2010







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KENNINGTON - 224x 10Gs

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SINO Access: Where are we


• 10 x 10G from HIASCO now available at Bude: awaiting DEBIT CARD
commissioning to process

• 8 out of 10 additional ARCANO bearers for Bude - on track for March

• KENNINGTON agreement complete to enable increased SOSTRUM,
GRASP and VISAGE access and egress

• PLANE & PROVE sites available:

- Egress comms from PROVE to Cheltenham will be in place by March 2010
(PLANE to follow)

- Initial capability planned for March includes KEA, SD and FKB


- Bude OSDS IOC's today (capability now - 150*)

- Cheltenham OSDS upgraded December (capability now - 78)

• New relationships and access - PINNAGE and LITTLE progressing but
no dates yet.

• Assessment of potential RPC-2 (and 3/4) sites underway

:pandable to 300

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