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DEFIANTWARRIOR and the NSA’s Use of Bots

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Release Date: 2015-01-17 Document Date: 2010-05-24
This 24 May 2010 NSA presentation describes the ways the agency uses botnets (“bot herding”): see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL USA, FVEY DEFIANTWARRIO R 7 / //and the ; NSA's Uè^ojÆotá/ Overall Classification: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL FVEY Current As Of: 24 May 2010 Derived From: NSA/CSS...
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To Nab Afghan Nemesis, German Forces Launch Rare Take-Down Operation; US SIGINT Provides Key Support

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Release Date: 2014-12-28 Document Date: 2009-06-12
This 12 June 2009 post from NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter recounts a German/Afghan targeted operation and its support from the agency: see the Der Spiegel article Obama’s Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan, 28 December 2014.
SIDToday - To Nab Afghan Nemesis, German Forces Launch Rare Take-Down Operation; U.S. SIGINT Prov... DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS C...
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NSA Extended Enterprise Report: July 2008

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Release Date: 2015-04-02 Document Date: 2008-07-08
This extract from a July 2008 NSA document describes Argentina as GCHQ’s “primary interest” in Latin America: see the Intercept article Britain Used Spy Team to Shape Latin American Public Opinion on Falklands, 2 April 2015.
TOP SECRET//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123 Extended Enterprise Report: July 2008 This document summarises key activities of interest to GCHQ at the NSA Regional Cryptologic Center...
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The Alice Springs Resolution

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2004-06-25
This NSA document contains the short text of the Alice Springs Resolution, a 2014 agreement designed to allow common metadata sharing between the Five Eyes intelligence alliance: see the Intercept article How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to “Unprecedented” Surveillance Tactics, 1 March 2018.
The Alice Springs Resolution In view of the increasing importance of the analysis of metadata to the genera tion of into! licence, particularly against I he Icrnorift target, Elic SIC; IN I Age...
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Global Collaboration Environment (GCE)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2013-04-10
This set of NSA talking points, dated 10 April 2013, outlines a plan for continuing the GCE intelligence-sharing arrangement beyond the Afghan war, which NSA and GCHQ would collaborate on closely: see the Intercept article The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed, 1 March 2018.
SECRET//SI//REL TO USA, GBR (U) Topic: Global Collaboration Environment (GCE) (U//FOUO) Director's Talking Points: • (S//REL TO USA, GBR) Thank GCHQ for giving full support to GCE, and for...
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SIGINT Partnership Agrees to Greater Sharing

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2010-08-12
This 12 August 2010 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday describes the outcomes of the annual Sigint Seniors Europe (SSEURP) conference, which agreed in principle to increase information sharing: see the Intercept article The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI//REL) SIGINT Partnership Agrees to Greater Sharing on Afghanistan, CT, Piracy, and ...
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Advanced HTTP Activity Analysis

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-01-01
This 114-page NSA training presentation from 2009 explains how agency analysts can exploit HTTP traffic within XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
Advanced HTTP Activity Analysis 2009 Goal The goal of this training is to get you familiar with basic HTTP traffic and understand how to target and expliot it using X-KEYSCORE Ag...
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Tracking Targets on Online Social Networks

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2009-09-01
This September 2009 NSA presentation outline some of the insights that analysts can gather from online social networks (OSNs) and show the XKeyScore interface for performing such searches: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVEY (S//SI//REL) Tracking Targets on Online Social Networks The overall classification of this briefing to TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVEY Online...
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HTTP Activity in XKEYSCORE

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-03-01
This NSA presentation from March 2009 explains how agency analysts can exploit HTTP data through XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123 HTTP Activity in XKEYSCORE March 2009 Derived From: NSA/QSSM 1-52 Dated: 200701 (T Declassify On: 202911 ...
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MHS and GCHQ “Get in the Game with Target Development for World of Warcraft Online Gaming”

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Release Date: 2013-12-09 Document Date: 2008-01-01
An NSA document from 2008 shows that efforts to collect data from players of World of Warcraft started that year with the development of specialised exploits by GCHQ. The operation was based at Menwith Hill in the UK: see the New York Times article Spies’ Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls, 9 […]
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVEY (TS//SI//REL) MHS and GCHQ “Get in the Game” with Target Development for World of Warcraft Online Gaming (TS//SI//REL) Although online gaming may seem...
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Classification Guide for SIGINT Material Dating from 16 August 1945 – 31 December 1967

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Release Date: 2014-06-18 Document Date: 2011-11-21
This NSA classification guide, dated 21 November 2011, covers signals intelligence material that as to be kept secret for more than the standard 60 years: see the Der Spiegel article The NSA in Germany: Snowden’s Documents Available for Download, 18 June 2014.
TOP SECRET//SjyTK//NOFÜRN NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE (U) CLASSIFICATION GUIDE FOR SIGINT Material Dating from 16 August 1945 *31 December 1967 Effects Dale: 21 De...
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Tier B allies

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Release Date: 2014-05-13
This undated internal NSA document illustrates the degrees of cooperation in the agency’s relationships with different foreign powers. “Tier A” and “Tier B” are elsewhere referred to as Second and Third Parties: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 123 CONFIDENT1AL//NOFORN//20291123 TIER A Comprehensive Cooperation Australia Canada New Zealand United Kingdom TIERB Focused Cooperation Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark G...
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Visit Precis: Sir Iain Lobban

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Release Date: 2014-04-30 Document Date: 2013-04-01
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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November 11th: A Day Dedicated to Peace

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-10
Members of the military and veterans are thanked and remembered on Veterans Day. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) November 11th: A Day Dedicated to Peace FROM: CW4 , USA SIGINT Director's Military Crypto...
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All-Source Victory on the High Seas!!

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-04
The U.S. Navy worked with the NSA to find a handset traveling with a shipment of narcotics in the Arabian Sea. The French navy boarded the vessel, seizing 3.5 tons of hashish. But the handset was no longer on board; it was subsequently located on the vessel from which the drugs had been transferred, and the crew of that vessel was also taken into custody.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) All-Source Victory on the High Seas!! FROM: SIGINT Communications and LCDR Victor Spears ...
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With NSA Help, Iraqi SIGINTers Make Great Strides

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-11-17
A Marine Expeditionary Force was “astounded” at reporting from Iraq’s signals intelligence agency, reports the chief of an NSA task force to rebuild the Iraqi agency. The Iraqi SIGINT Element, as the agency is known, recently was collecting over 5,000 calls per day with roughly 100 staff and “basic equipment.” Preparations were under way to give the agency the ability to intercept Global System Mobile phones and high-frequency communications.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) With NSA Help, Iraqi SIGINTers Make Great Strides FROM: Lt Col USAF IAD/Network Infr...
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Working at GCHQ and NSA: Like Apples and Grapes?

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-04-19
A member of the GCHQ's Fort Meade-based U.K. Liaison Team discusses some of the similarities and differences between the Signals Intelligence Directorate and the GCHQ: they both have similar counterterrorism missions, but the NSA is much larger and the office has cubicles as opposed to being open plan.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) Working at GCHQ and NSA: Like Apples and Grapes? FROM: GCHQ Integree Run Date: 04/...
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Combat Search and Rescue: Menwith Hill Station's Role in Saving Lives

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-03-23
The Menwith Hill Station takes a direct role in combat search and rescue (CSAR) operations, processing distress transmissions received from troops and sending them to rescue efforts. The station has successfully aided in the rescue of U.S. personnel in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, and participates in CSAR trainings and simulations with U.K. Special Forces.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C) Combat Search and Rescue: Menwith Hill Station's Role in Saving Lives FROM: MHS Operatio...
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Letter from Oz

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-05-09
An NSA employee assigned to the Australian signals intelligence partner, Defence Signals Directorate, misses bagels but otherwise finds life in Canberra pleasant.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Letter from Oz FROM: SUSLOC Liaison Officer (F33) Run Date: 05/09/2005 NSA'ers work arou...
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Travel Alert and Travel Safely

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-10
Following up on the State Department’s travel advisory for the United Kingdom in the wake of the London bombings, the Signals Intelligence Directorate’s operational security team reminds staff to be “alert, aware, and smart” when they’re traveling. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Travel Alert and Travel Safely FROM: SID OPSEC (S02L3) Run Date: 08/10/2005 (U) On 4 Au...
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Conference Eyes Data Flow Among Second Parties

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-16
The Five Eyes partners held a conference to discuss the standardization of data formats to ease the exchange of voice, text, fax, and digital network intelligence.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Conference Eyes Data Flow Among Second Parties<br>FROM: <br>Chief, Data Flow an...
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NSA and GCHQ Senior Leaders Hold Annual Talks

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-12
The NSA and GCHQ leadership held their annual Joint Management Review and recommitted themselves to working together on SIGINT missions.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) NSA and GCHQ Senior Leaders Hold Annual Talks<br>FROM: <br>FAD/Country Desk Off...
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Interview with... Charlie Meals, Signals Intelligence Deputy Director

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-10-13
In an interview, the deputy director describes his early days in the NSA's "weather shop," decrypting Soviet weather reports.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) Interview with... Charlie Meals, Signals Intelligence<br>Deputy Director<...
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The 'Other' End-to-End SIGINT Site in the UK

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-03-07
There is a U.S. signals intelligence presence at the Royal Air Force base at Digby, in the Lincolnshire countryside, where the writer, an NSA civilian, reports that there will soon be three additional positions available.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) The 'Other' End-to-End SIGINT Site in the UK FROM: NSA Liaison Officer at Digby SIGINT Op...
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GCHQ Perspective on Annual Bilat

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Release Date: 2017-09-13 Document Date: 2005-02-11
Topics at an annual meeting between the Signals Intelligence Directorate and its GCHQ counterpart included the relative paucity of GCHQ efforts in China, the need to devote sufficient resources to Russia and weapons of mass destruction in the face of counterterrorism mandates, and the need to better geolocate targets, writes GCHQ's director for signals intelligence operations.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) GCHQ Perspective on Annual Bilat FROM: Iain Lobban Director of SIGINT Operations, GCHQ Ru...
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The London Bombings -- an Insider's View

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-24
The newly assigned chief of operations in the NSA’s London liaison office describes the London bombings on July 7, 2005 as his “baptism by fire.”
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) The London Bombings -- an Insider's View FROM: Chief of Operations, SUSLOL London (F32) R...
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SIGINT Architecture (Of the Bricks and Mortar Variety)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-08-12
SIDtoday readers are offered a quiz on their knowledge of foreign signals intelligence agency headquarters. 
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) SIGINT Architecture (Of the Bricks and Mortar Variety) FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknow...
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NSA and GCHQ Team Up to Tackle HF

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-07-14
After realizing that their technologies for collecting high frequency signals were obsolete, the NSA and GCHQ established the Joint Strategic Off-Air Programme, which jointly manages all HF/VHF/UHF collection as well as updates to legacy systems.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(C) NSA and GCHQ Team Up to Tackle HF<br>FROM: <br>Deputy Chief, RFO/Corporate HF S...
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Is there “fifth party” collection?

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Release Date: 2015-01-17 Document Date: 2011-01-01
This undated post from an NSA discussion board describes “fourth party collection” – piggybacking on another state’s computer network exploitation operation: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
(TS//SI//REL) Is there "fifth party" collection? | Round Table Dynamic Page - Highest Possible Classification is TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA, FVEY (TS//SI//REL) Is there "fifth part...
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X-KEYSCORE as a SIGDEV tool

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-01-01
This 2009 NSA presentation describes some of the plug ins available and the way the tool relates to other NSA methods for searching internet metadata, with XKeyScore having the broadest capability: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
xks-as-a-sigdev-tool-p1-normal.gif: X-KEYSCORE as a SIGDEV tool 2009 ■EBTxks-as-a-sigdev-tool-p2-normal.gif: What is X-KEYSCORE?xks-as-a-sigdev-tool-p3-normal.gif: TOP SECRET//COMINT//ORC...

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