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GCHQ Analytic Cloud Challenges

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Release Date: 2015-09-25 Document Date: 2012-05-14
This GCHQ presentation dated 14 May 2012 describes the agency receiving “more than 50 billion events [metadata records] per day” and some of the tools available for analysing that mass of data: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
gchq-analytic-cloud-challenges-p1-normal.gif: GCHQ Analytic Cloud Challenges Innovation Lead for Data, Analytics & Visualisation Engineering This information is exempt from Disclosure unde...
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Events analysis

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Release Date: 2015-09-25 Document Date: 2008-11-27
This GCHQ slide taken from a presentation dates 27 November 2008 confirms that agency metadata repositories can be datamined for information relating to individuals within the UK: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
Events analysis SALAMANCA, HAUSTORIUM, THUGGEE, IMMINGLE less intrusive than communications content authorisation not needed for individuals in the UK necessity and proportionality st...
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QFDs and BLACKHOLE Technology behind GCHQ/INOC

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Release Date: 2015-09-25 Document Date: 2009-03-01
This GCHQ presentation from March 2009 describes the BLACKHOLE database used to store raw metadata records from TEMPORA, with about 10 billion records being added each day: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
qfd-blackhole-technology-behind-inoc-p1-normal.gif: QFDsand BLACHOLE Technology behind GCHQ/INOCqfd-blackhole-technology-behind-inoc-p2-normal.gif: TRAP2 COMINT Probes Flat Store Analytic e...
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LEVIATHAN and the FFU Hypothesis

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Release Date: 2015-01-28 Document Date: 2012-01-01
This CSE (then CSEC) presentation from 2012 describes the Canadian agency’s file download monitoring operation: see the Intercept article Canada Casts Global Surveillance Dragnet Over File Downloads, 28 January 2015. cse-presentation-on-the-levitation-project
TOP SECRET//SI//REL CAN, AUS, GBR, NZL, USA LEVITATION and the FFU Hypothesis cse-cst.gc.ca TOP SECRET//SI//REL CAN, AUS, GBR, NZL, USA What is LEVITATION? A behaviour-based target...
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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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MILKWHITE Enrichment Services (MES) Programme

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Release Date: 2016-06-07 Document Date: 2011-03-09
This two-page extract from a larger GCHQ document dated 9 March 2011 describes MILKWHITE, the codename under which metadata gathered by the agency is shared with other branches of the British government: see the Intercept article Facing Data Deluge, Secret U.K. Spying Report Warned of Intelligence Failure, 7 June 2016.
TOP SECRET STRAP1 9 March 2011 DISCOVER ID 5100181 E. MILKWHITE Enrichment Service (MES) Programme In FY11/12 the MES Programme will continue to support the Home Office Communications Ca...
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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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What is HACIENDA

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Release Date: 2014-08-15
This undated GCHQ presentation describes the agency’s HACIENDA system, capable of port scanning entire countries, which became a standard tool in 2009 available to all FIve Eyes partners: see the Heise article The HACIENDA Program for Internet Colonization, 15 August 2014. <
Abbildung01-dc8cb7bf5376218d.png: What is HACIENDA? • Data reconnaissance tool developed by the CITD team in JTRIG • Port Scans entire countries - Uses nmap as port scanning tool - U...
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Transnational DNI Training

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Release Date: 2018-03-01
This undated NSA instructional presentation, along with instructor’s notes, provides a briefing on metadata sharing between the Five Eyes: see the Intercept article How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to “Unprecedented” Surveillance Tactics, 1 March 2018.
TOPSECRET//COMINT/REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123 (U) Instructional Content/Activities (U) Instructor Notes - (U) This lesson will provide you with an overview of sensitive ...
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Data Stored in BLACK HOLE

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Release Date: 2015-09-25
This undated page from GCHQ’s internal GCWiki provides technical information about the agency’s BLACK HOLE repository: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
data-stored-in-black-hole-p1-normal.gif: TOP SECRET STRAP 1 COMINT The maximum classification allowed on GCWiki is TOP SECRET STRAP1 COMINT. Click to report inappropriate content. For GCWi...
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Knowing what we have – Guiding Light

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2011-01-01
This extract from a 2011 GCHQ presentation illustrates the sheer scale (“massive access”) of the agency’s collection operations: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 100 UK TOP SECRET STRAP 1 COMINT REL TO UK/US/AUS/CAN/NZ EYES ONLY Knowing what we have - Guiding Light ■ GCHQ has massive access to international internet communications ■ We re...
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HTTP Activity vs. User Activity

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-06-19
This NSA presentation from 19 June 2009 explains the metadata capabilities of 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 m V HTTP Activity vs User Activity 19 June 2009 Derived From: NSA/CSSM 1-52 Bated :l2007i MM TOP SEC...
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Target Detection Identifiers

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Release Date: 2015-09-25 Document Date: 2009-03-01
This GCHQ presentation from March 2009 shows that the agency has targeted a number of popular websites in a concerted effort to harvest cookies (“target detection indentifiers”) on a massive scale: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
tdi-introduction-p1-normal.gif: Target Detection Identifiers c This rtcrmation is exempt under the Freedom of Irfbrmation Act 2000 (FOIA) and may be exempt under other UK information legislati...
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Broadcast/Intenet Radio Exploitation and Analysis

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Release Date: 2015-09-25 Document Date: 2009-11-06
This GCHQ research paper from 6 November 2009 outlines what kinds of data the agency can extract from internet radio stations and their listenership, grouped by country: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
broadcast-analysis-p1-normal.gif: UK TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL FVEY Broadcast/lnternet Radio Exploitation and Analysis 6th November 2009 OPD-NAC Distribution (via email) (ST2) BS...
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Full Log vs. HTTP

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-06-11
This NSA presentation from 11 June 2009 explains the scope of metadata collection within 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 Log vs. HTTP 11 June 2009 * WHv:i DERIV TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123 TOP SECRET//...
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Next Generation Events (NGE) – BLACK HOLE ConOp

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Release Date: 2015-09-25 Document Date: 2009-08-18
This GCHQ document from 18 August 2009 describes BLACK HOLE, a massive data repository, and describes how this interacts with other systems developed by the agency: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
nge-black-hole-conop-p1-normal.gif: SECRET STRAP1 18th August 2009 Next Generation Events (NGE) - BLACK HOLE ConOp Author: l(TDB),| l(TSE), I |(TDB) Issue Date Author Amendm...
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ICTR Cloud Effects

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Release Date: 2015-09-25 Document Date: 2011-07-01
This GCHQ presentation from July 2011 discusses various technical aspects of “population-scale” datamining: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
cloud-developers-exchange-july-2011-p1-normal.gif: “ICTR Cloud Efforts” developing “canonical” SIGINT analytics, finding hard targets and exploratory data analysis at scale Data Mining Re...
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The Saudi Assassination Plot — How It Was Thwarted

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Release Date: 2017-11-30 Document Date: 2005-08-09
In this 2005 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, an NSA employee credits the agency with securing the conviction of Abdurahman Alamoudi in the Eastern District of Virgina: see the Intercept article NSA Secretly Helped Convict Defendants in U.S. Courts, 30 November 2017.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) The Saudi Assassination Plot -- How It Was Thwarted FROM :| DeputyChiefTCustomer...
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Exploiting Facebook traffic in the passive environment to obtain specific information

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Release Date: 2014-05-13
This 2011 presentation prepared by GCHQ’s Global Telecommunications Exploitation (GTE) division describes some of the techniques the agency uses to passively monitor facebook traffic: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
Page 161 TOP SECRET//SI//REL FVEY Exploiting Facebooktraffic in the passive environment to obtain specific information NAME REDACTED Capability Developer Global Telecommunications...

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