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FAIRVIEW and STORMBREW: ‘Live’ – On the Net

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-11-19
This post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 19 November 2003 provides an early description of FAIRVIEW and STORMBREW, later known as Upstream collection: see the Intercept article Iraqi Insurgents Stymied the NSA and Other Highlights from 263 Internal Agency Reports, 10 August 2016.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) FAIRVIEW and STORMBREW: 'Live' - On the Net FROM: and Special Source Oper...
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Special Source Operations Weekly – 18 April 2013

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2013-04-18
This extract from the 18 April 2013 edition of the internal NSA newsletter Special Source Operations Weekly provides details of five PRISM reports based on the output of Iranian academics working in the field of medical science. The presentation says the universities “are suspected of being linked to Iranian CBW [chemical and biological warfare] programs”: […]
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY The overall classification of this briefing is: TOP SECRET//SI//ORCON/NOFORN Approval for dissemination of infor...
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HIMR Data Mining Research Problem Book

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Release Date: 2016-02-02 Document Date: 2011-09-20
This GCHQ research report dated 20 September 2011, cowritten by researchers at Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research based at the University of Bristol, concerns the use of data mining techniques to develop usable intelligence as well as the contradictions that arise from the use of algorithms to identify wrong doers, or potential wrong doers. The […]
UK TOP SECRET STRAP1 COMINT AUS/CAN/NZ/UK/US EYES ONLY Reference: OPC-M/TECH.A/455 (v1.0, r206) Date: 20 September 2011 Copy no: HIMR Data Mining Research Problem Book OPC-MCR, G...
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Another Successful Olympics Story

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Release Date: 2015-09-29 Document Date: 2004-10-06
This post from the NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter, dated 6 October 2004, reviews the agency’s operations for the recently-concluded Athens Olympics: see the Intercept article A Death in Athens: Did a Rogue NSA Operation Cause the Death of a Greek Telecom Employee?, 29 September 2015.
id-863-redacted-formatted-p1-normal.gif: DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Another Successful Olympics Story FROM:...
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XKEYSCORE Workflows 2009

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-03-05
This NSA presentation dated 5 March 2009 outlines the use of Workflows within XKeyScore and includes screenshots: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
xks-workflows-2009-p1-normal.gif: XKEYSCORE Workflows 05 March 2009 i3I SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, MZL i —* DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM 1-52 DATED: 20070108 ...
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Tech Strings in Documents (aka Tech Extractor) 2009

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-12-01
This December 2009 NSA presentation explains how keyword selection works within XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
xks-tech-extractor-2009-p1-normal.gif: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA. AUS, CAN, GBR. NZU/20291123 Tech Strings in Documents (aka Tech Extractor) December 2009xks-tech-extractor-2009-p2...
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Continued effort against the South Pacific region

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Release Date: 2015-03-05 Document Date: 2009-06-06
This extract from the NSA’s minutes of a June 2009 meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, where a GCSB officer was present: see the New Zealand Herald article The price of the Five Eyes club: Mass spying on friendly nations, 5 May 2015.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL10 USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL Continued effort against the South Pacific region - GCSB s access development activities will be focused on the South Pacific region and entai...
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SUSLOW monthly report for March 2013

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Release Date: 2015-04-19 Document Date: 2013-03-01
This monthly report from the NSA’s Special US Liaison Officer in Wellington outlines progress on FROSTBITE (BASILHAYDEN) – a project to infiltrate the Chinese diplomatic computer network: see the New Zealand Herald article Leaked papers reveal NZ plan to spy on China for US, 19 April 2015.
| TOP SECRET//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY (U//FOUO) SUSLOW Monthly Report for March 2013 (U) March highlights: (U) Intelligence update: o (S//SI//REL TO USA, FVEY) GCSB project FROSTBITE / TA...
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XKEYSCORE, Cipher Detection, and You!

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Release Date: 2013-12-11 Document Date: 2008-08-21
This presentation from NSA’s Mathematics Research Group, dated 21 August 2008 provides an introduction to the XKeyScore system’s data sources and fingerprinting capabilities: see the SVT article FRA part of top-secret hacker project, 11 December 2013.
xks-cipher-detection-and-you-p1-normal.gif: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVEY , Cipher Detection, and You! Mathematics Research Group 21 August 2008 TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, F...
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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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Email Address vs User Activity

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-06-24
This NSA presentation from 24 June 2009 explains how to use the email search functionality 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 vs User Activity 24 June 2009 "»Ol 01 t » «4 Ha#f* IWt De rived From: NSA/CSSM 1-52 ...
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FISA: Teaming with the FBI in the Global War on Terrorism

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Release Date: 2017-11-30 Document Date: 2005-08-17
This 2005 article from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday makes it clear that, at that time, 40% of all the agency’s counterterrorism information was drawn from FISA sources, in collaboration with the FBI: 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 (U) FISA: Teaming with the FBI in the Global War on Terrorism FROM: Special Source O...
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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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VoIP Configuration and Forwarding Read Me

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Release Date: 2015-07-01
This undated NSA technical document describes how to configure XKeyScore to send search results to NUCLEON, the agency’s database for voice data: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
voip-readme-p1-normal.gif: SECRET//REL TO USA, FVEY (U) VoIP Configuration and Forwarding Read Me (U) Overview (U//FOUO) In the late 1990s, voice over IP (VoIP) emerged as an alternativ...
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Introduction to Context Sensitive Scanning with X-KEYSCORE Fingerprints

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2010-05-01
This 61-page NSA presentation from May 2010 provides analysts with a guide to tracking individuals within XKeyScore using the system’s fingerprint capability: 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 Introduction to Context Sensitive Scanning with X-KEYSCORE Fingerprints May 2010 TOP SECRET //COMINT //REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL ...
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BRECKENRIDGE for STORMBREW Collection

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Release Date: 2015-08-15 Document Date: 2009-10-28
This 28 October 2009 post from the internal NSA newsletter SSO Weekly discusses the construction of a cable landing station that matches Verizon’s activities at that time: 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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Tech Strings in Documents (aka Tech Extractor) 2010

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2010-04-01
This April 2010 NSA presentation explains how keyword selection works within XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
xks-tech-extractor-2010-p1-normal.gif: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA. AUS, CAN. GBR, NZL Tech Strings in Documents (aka Tech Extractor) TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZLx...
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XKEYSCORE Search Forms

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-03-01
This 49-page March 2009 NSA presentation explains how to conduct searches within XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
xks-search-forms-p1-normal.gif: XKEYSCORE Search Forms March 2009 El • *1 ... ■ OK l 1001 SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, MZL 1-52 DATED: 20...
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Interagency SARS Conference– May 20th

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-07-05
This post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 5 July 2003 describes how the agency utilised medical SIGINT to gain insights into the impact of China’s SARS outbreak that year, including details of the partner agencies NSA collaborated with: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 […]
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) Interagency SARS Conference-- May 20th<br>FROM: the SIGINT Communications ...
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DIA – Swimming Upstream in the SIGINT System

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-11-06
A post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 6 November 2003 describes how the agency shared intercepted material from international NGOS and treaty monitoring organisations working in the health sector with the DIA’s Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center. The DIA unit was tasked with producing intelligence for the military “in support of force health […]
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U//FOUO) DIA - Swimming Upstream in the SIGINT System FROM: AccountManagerfor DIA ...
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SIGDEV: Is It Time for a ‘Target Reboot’?

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Release Date: 2015-11-18 Document Date: 2011-03-23
This 23 March 2011 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday describes an analyst’s surprise at discovering that the agency was collecting internal communications from Venezuelan energy company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA): see the Intercept article Overwhelmed NSA Surprised To Discover Its Own Surveillance “Goldmine” on Venezuela’s Oil Executives, 18 November 2015.
sigdev-is-it-time-for-a-target-reboot-p1-normal.gif: DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL Welcome! Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 ...
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Muhammad Tahir Shahzad AKA Abu Hamza

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Release Date: 2014-07-05 Document Date: 2011-01-22
These two slides from a 22 January 2011 NSA PowerPoint presentation constitute the first document drawing on intercepted communications content to be made public. The subject of this presentation was captured in Abbottabad, Pakistan on 23 January 2011: see the Washington Post article In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are, […]
Muhammad Tahir Shahzad AKA Abu Hamza 22 JANUARY 2011 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION OF DOCUMENT: (U//FOUO) The following information has not been fully analyzed and may be incomplete and sub...
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Black Budget entry on Foreign Partner Access

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Release Date: 2014-06-18
This 4-page excerpt from the 2013 Black Budget describes the two elements of NSA’s Foreign Partner Access operations – RAMPART-A and WINSTSTOP – together with their funding: see the Intercept article How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet, 18 June 2014.
TOP SECRET//SI/TK//NOFORN (U) SPECIAL SOURCE ACCESS (U) FOREIGN PARTNER ACCESS This Exhibit is SECRET//NOFORN FY 20111 Actual FY 2012 Enacted FY 2013 Request FY 2012 - FY 201...
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Network Shaping 101

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Release Date: 2016-06-28
This undated 81-page NSA presentation and accompanying handdrawn diagram, both produced by the author of ‘I hunt sys admins’ explains how a country’s entire network traffic could be fed into agency systems: see the Intercept article The Hunter, 28 June 2016.
Network-Shaping-101.pdf: TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20320108 Network Shaping 101 Derived From: NSA/CSSM 1-52 Dated: 20070108 Declassify On: 20320108 TOP SECRET...
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Writing XKS Fingerprints

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2010-11-22
This 67-page NSA presentation from November 2010 explains how to create the “Fingerprints” which enable analysts to trace individuals within XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
writing-xks-fingerprints-p1-normal.gif: Writing XKS Fingerprints November 2010 TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZLwriting-xks-fingerprints-p2-normal.gif: Agenda • Naming...
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VOIP in XKEYSCORE

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-03-01
This NSA presentation from March 2009 shows how VOIP intercepts are handled in XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
voip-in-xks-p1-normal.gif: TOP SECRET//COMINT7/REL TO USA. AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123 VOIP in XKEYSCORE March 2009 TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA. AUS. CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123voip-in-...
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Introduction to XKS Application IDs and Fingerprints

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2009-08-27
This 60-page NSA presentation from 27 August 2009 explains the use of different kinds of metadata tags in 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 Application IDs and Fingerprints 27 August 2009 .... ‘s 01 Ol A l • DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM...
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An Easy Way to Win: Using SIGINT to Learn about New Viruses (Project Camberdada)

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Release Date: 2015-06-22 Document Date: 2010-01-01
This 2010 NSA presentation describes Project Camberdada, an attempt to subvert popular antivirus software by means of surveilling email traffic: see the Intercept article Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks, 22 June 2015.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL An Eas Using S about P fwmuuuu IGINT to Learn iew Viruses Project CAMBERDADA ByHH, 1412 (IAD) V252|| Derived From: NSA/CSSM...
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XKEYSCORE Workflows 2011

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Release Date: 2015-07-01 Document Date: 2011-09-19
This NSA presentation dated 19 September 2011 outlines the use of Workflows within XKeyScore and includes screenshots: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
xks-workflows-2011-p1-normal.gif: XKEYSCORE Workflows 19 September 2011 SECRET7/COMINT//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, MZL i —* DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM 1-52 DATED: 20070108...

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