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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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XKeyScoreTabs XKS Development

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Release Date: 2014-06-18
This page from GCHQ’s internal GCWiki provides a guide to the NSA’s XKeyScore tool: see the Der Spiegel article The NSA in Germany: Snowden’s Documents Available for Download, 18 June 2014.
XKeyscoreTabs XKS Development Jump to: navigation. search N BWS Getting __ . I Using an ---- „ XKevscure Account Training XKS Development XKS Cuntacts Requirem...
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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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Full Spectrum Cyber Effects

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Release Date: 2014-04-04
This presentation, prepared by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) for the 2010 SIGDEV conference describes the agency’s “effects” operations – including the use of social media for propaganda purposes: see the Intercept article: The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket, 4 April 2014.
UK TOP SECRET STRAP 1 GCHQ Full-Spectrum Cyber Effects name redacted jTMii Head of JTRIG name redacted SD Effects Lead SIGINT Development as an enabler for GCHQ’s “Effects” m...
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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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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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OPA~TAS Covert Mobile Phones Policy

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Release Date: 2014-08-12 Document Date: 2010-06-28
These GCHQ guidelines from 23 June 2010 describe procedures for operating mobile phones overseas which are not intended to be associated with agency activity: see the Intercept article NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting, 12 August 2014.
SECRET Ref: DOT/1636/5040/102 28 June 2010 OPA~TAS Covert Mobile Phones Policy Author: Issue 1.0 Page 1 of 6 SECRET This information is exempt from disclosure under the Fr...
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BULLRUN

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Release Date: 2014-12-28
This undated presentation from GCHQ’s PTD (Penetrating Target Defences) unit gives an overview of BULLRUN efforts to defeat encryption: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.
TOP SECRET STRAP1 BULLRUN PTD Lead for Special Operations and Policy PTD "We penetrate targets' defences." This information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information A...
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BULLRUN CoI – Briefing Sheet

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Release Date: 2013-09-05
This undated GCHQ document provides a classification guide for BULLRUN – NSA and GCHQ’s attempts to weaken or defeat cryptographic protocols – and specifies some of its achievements: see the ProPublica article Revealed: The NSA’s Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security, 5 September 2013.
TOP SECRET STRAP1 COMINT BULLRUN Col - Briefing Sheet Introduction 1. The ability to exploit targets’ encrypted communications is extremely fragile and is often enabled through sensiti...
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Belgacom_connections

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Release Date: 2014-12-13
This undated GCHQ screenshot, which appears to be from a map viewer called CARBON ROD, shows the international connections that made Belgacom a desirable target for the agnecy: see the Intercept article Operation Socialist: The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco, 13 December 2014.
Meteor Mobile Telecommunications bmited ITS Gn\bH; Germ; VO D AF 0 M E_U K_AS N VodaTo ASN-BICS UK PXket Backboj ier Services fBtepmblic- FRANCÍ sipska; Herzei 'elek&miini...
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GCHQ NAC Business Review – January to March 2011

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Release Date: 2014-12-13 Document Date: 2011-01-01
This extract from a 2011 GCHQ Network Analysis Centre document details progress in the operation against Belgian telecommunications company Belgacom in the first quarter of 2011: see the Intercept article Operation Socialist: The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco, 13 December 2014.
Successful MyNOC surge effort against GRX Operators, that enhanced network knowledge of the various operators, their customer sets, knowledge of and access to both encrypted and unencrypted GRX ...
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Making Network Sense of the encryption problem

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Release Date: 2014-12-13 Document Date: 2011-01-01
This 2011 presentation by the head of GCHQ’s Network Analysis Centre outlines the agency’s interest in exploiting telecommunications companies, namely to “get at the data before it is encrypted”: see the Intercept article Operation Socialist: The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco, 13 December 2014.
TOP SECRET STRAP 2 // REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL ------m/\cz NETWORK ^IM^ySIS CSfSJTRe Making Network Sense of the encryption problem Roundtable Head of GCHQ NAC This info...
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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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Profiling SSL and Attributing Private Networks

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Release Date: 2014-12-28
This undated GCHQ presentation introduces the FLYING PIG and HUSH PUPPY tools: see the Der Spiegel story Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security, 28 December 2014.
TOP SECRET//SI//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL PROFILING SSL AND ATTRIBUTING PRIVATE NETWORKS An introduction to FLYING PIG and HUSH PUPPY ICTR - Network Exploitation GCHQ T R J...

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