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Special Source Operations overview

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Release Date: 2013-11-04
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 […]
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN Special Source Operations r The Cryptologic Provider of Intelligence from GlobalHigh-Capacity Telecommunications Systems P TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN TO...
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Visit Precis: Sir Iain Lobban

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Document Date: 2013-04-01Release Date: 2014-04-30
This internal NSA document from April 2013 gives background information to prepare for the then GCHQ Director’s visit on 30 April and 1 May; included topics include access to PRISM data, FLAME malware, Iran, Syria and Israel: see the Intercept article British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA’s Data Pools, 30 April 2014. […]
TOPSECRET//SI//NOFORN VISIT PRÉCIS Sir Iain Lobban, KCMG, CB Director, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 30 April 2013 - 1 May 2013 GEN A Hosted Dinner: 30 April 2013//1...
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Intercept with OTR encrypted chat

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Release Date: 2014-12-28
This undated PRISM intercept from the NSA suggests the agency was unable to decrypt the content of an OTR-encrypted chat session: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS//20320108 Target User Target User IP Address [MINIMIZED US IP ADDRESS] Start Mar 16, 2012 13:31:17 GMT Stop Mar 16, 2012 13:34:26 GMT Other User IP A...
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Cyber Threats and Special Source Operations

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Document Date: 2013-03-22Release Date: 2015-08-15
This NSA Special Source Operations presentation from 22 March 2013 supplies a detail about the Breckenridge access point that supports the identification of the corporate partner codenamed STORMBREW as US telecommunications company Verizon: see the New York Times article AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale, 15 August 2015.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN TOPSECRET//SI//REL USA, Cyber Threats and Special Source Operations A Current Perspective for NTOC March 22 2013 Classified...
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FAA Certification Renewals With Caveats

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Document Date: 2011-10-12Release Date: 2013-08-15
A Special Source Operations (SSO) document discusses the implications of a 3 October 2011 FISA Court opinion: see the Washington Post article NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds, 15 August 2013.
(TS//SI//NF) FAA Certification Renewals With Caveats B> 2011 -10-12 0850 (TS//SI//NF) The FISA Court signed the 2011 FAA Certifications on 3 Oct 2011 - these are valid until 2 Oct 2012, permi...
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PRISM Expands Impact: FY12 Metrics

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Document Date: 2012-11-19Release Date: 2014-05-13
This 19 November 2012 post from NSA Special Source Operations, posted on the agency’s intranet, describes the extent of PRISM data collection over the course of that year, “the top cited SIGAD overall”: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 111 (TS//SI//NF) PRISM {US-984XN) expanded its impact on NSA's reporting mission in FY12 through increased tasking, collection and operational improvements. Here are some highlights of t...
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New Skype Stored Comms Capability For PRISM

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Document Date: 2013-04-03Release Date: 2014-05-13
This internal NSA post dated 3 April 2013 announces that stored Skype calls – in addition to real-time surveillance – will now be available through PRISM: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 114 (TS//5I//NF) New Skype Stored Comms Capability For PRISM By name redacted | on 2013-04-03 0631 (TS//SI//NF) PRISM has a new collection capability: Skype stored communications...
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SSO Expands PRISM Skype Targeting Capability

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Document Date: 2013-04-04Release Date: 2014-05-13
This internal NSA post dated 4 April 2013 announces an improvement in the way that Skype is integrated with PRISM: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 114 (TS//SI//NF) S50 Expands PRISM Skype Targeting Capability By NAME REDACTED on 2013-04-03 0629 (TS//SI//NF) On 15 March 2013, SSO's PRISM program began tasking all Microsof...
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Intercept with PGP encrypted message

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Release Date: 2014-12-28
This undated PRISM intercept from the NSA suggests the agency was unable to decrypt a PGP-encrypted email sent from a Yahoo account: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS//20320108 ********************************************* THIS INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM FAA COLLECTION UNDER FA...
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SSO FAIRVIEW Overview

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Release Date: 2015-08-15
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.
TOP SECRET//SI/OC//NOFORN CAIDVICUU SSO FAIRVIEW Overview TOP SECRET//SI/OC//NOFORN • (U) FAIRVIEW DEFINED • (U) OPERATIONAL AUTHORITIES/CAPABILITIES • (U) STATS: WHO IS USING D...
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PRISM/US-984XN Overview

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Document Date: 2013-04-01Release Date: 2013-06-06
Nineteen slides from a 41-slide April 2013 NSA presentation describing the PRISM collection of data via internet service providers, “the SIGAD most used in NSA reporting.” Slides have been published gradually by several media organisations: see the Washington Post article NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program, 6 June 2013.
01.jpg: PRISM/U S-984XN Overview OR The SIGAD Used Most in NS A Reporting Overview April 2013 Derived From: NSA/CSSM 1-52 Dated: 20070108 Declassify On: 20360901 OP SECRET/...
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PRISM Operations Highlight: Olympics Support – GCHQ Using PRISM Access

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Release Date: 2014-04-30
This slide from a presentation on PRISM describes access granted to GCHQ employees during the 2012 London Olympics: see the Intercept article British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA’s Data Pools, 30 April 2014.
TOP SECRET//SI//NOFORN (TS//SI//NF) PRISM Operations Highlight Olympics Support - GCHQ Using PRISM Access •Olympic Option Status as of 24 May 2012: -Trained/approved GCHQ users accessi...
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SSO HIGHLIGHT – Microsoft Skydrive Collection Now Part of PRISM Standard Stored Communications Collection

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Document Date: 2013-03-08Release Date: 2014-05-13
This post from NSA’s intranet dated 8 March 2013 announces the addition of Microsoft cloud computing Skydrive data to PRISM, which has been implemented with the company’s active cooperation: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 113 (TS//SI//NF) SSO HIGHLIGHT - Microsoft Skydrive Collection Now Part of PRISM Standard Stored Communications Collection »------------------ NAME REDACTED on 2013-03-08 1500 ...
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User’s Guide for PRISM Skype Collection

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Document Date: 2012-08-01Release Date: 2014-12-28
This NSA document from August 2012 provides guidance for analysts on ordering the PRISM collection of Skype communications, capabilities that were added over the course of 2011: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN (TS//SI//NF) User’s Guide For PRISM Skype Collection August 2012 POC For Document: S3531 l. (TS//SI//NF) Introduction a. PRISM Skype collection can be ...
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Making Things Measurable: Technology Trending Challenges and Approaches

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Document Date: 2012-06-06Release Date: 2014-12-28
This 40-page NSA presentation for the June 2012 SIGDEV conference includes a ranking of cryptographic protocols in order of ‘risk’ the they pose to the agency’s operations: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL FVEY//20340601 SIGDEV Conference 2012 (U) Making Things Measureable: Technology Trending Challenges and Approaches June 2012 TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL FVEY/...
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Special Source Operations Weekly – 14 March 2013

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Document Date: 2013-03-14Release Date: 2014-06-18
This excerpt from the 14 March 2013 edition of internal NSA newsletter SSO Weekly describes an incident on 12 March where “unwitting” contractors discovered a cable tap known as WHARPDRIVE, which had to be discreetly reinstalled and provides details about the Breckenridge access point that corroborate the identification of the NSA’s corporate partner STORMBREW as […]
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 14 MARCH 2013 Special Source Operations Watkly UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (U) CORPORATE TEAM ...
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Expanding PRISM Sharing With FBI and CIA

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Document Date: 2012-08-31Release Date: 2014-05-13
Ths internal NSA post dated 31 August 2012 announces improvements to the way the agency shares information about its PRISM operations with the FBI and CIA. PRISM, the document concludes, “is a team sport!”: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 116 (TS//SI//NF) Expanding PRISM Sharing With FBI and CIA By | NAMi.Rtt>AfiM3 1 on 2012-08-31 0947 (TS//SI//NF) Special Source Operations (SSO) has recently expanded sharing with the ...
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CASCADE – Joint Cyber Sensor Architecture

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Document Date: 2011-01-01Release Date: 2015-03-23
This CSEC presentation from 2011 communicates Canada’s current and future cyberwar plans to their Five Eyes partners: see the article Communication Security Establishment’s cyberwarfare toolbox revealed, 23 March 2015.
CLASSIFICATION: CLASSIFICATION: TOP SECRET // COMINT // REL FVEY Project Overview Current Status Proposed Architecture Towards 2015 CLASSIFICATION: TOP SECRET // COMINT // REL FYEY ...
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New FAA702 Certification in the Works – Cyber Threat

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Document Date: 2012-03-23Release Date: 2015-06-04
This NSA memo from 23 March 2012 presentation describes the agency’s proposal for a fourth FAA 702 certification that would allow it to target hackers “tied to malicious cyber activity”: see the New York Times article Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border, 4 June 2015.
(TS//SI//NF) New FAA702 Certification in the Works - Cyber Threat By on 2012-03-23 1423 (TS//SI//NF) NSA has drafted a new FAA702 Certification to target Cyber Threats. It is close to being r...

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