In this column by the “SIGINT Curmudgeon” for the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday, he discusses a meeting of a group of senior collection officers (SCOs) from Five Eyes partner agencies: see the Intercept article Before Snowden, an NSA Spy tried to incite change from the inside. He called himself the “curmudgeon” of signals intelligence, 15 August 2018.
In this 16 October 2012 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday, an agency staffer from NSA’s Hawaii station describes an incident in which NSA assisted in stopping a vessel engaged in illegal drift-net fishing by tracking a satellite phone on board: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Role in a Climate-Changed World: spying on nonprofits, fishing boats, and the North Pole, 15 August 2018.
This 5 December 2006 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday announces a new query tool called VIVIDDREAM, that enables analysts to discover whether a particular VPN can be exploited by the agency. The tool collects metadata about a VPN and consults a database, also called VIVIDDREAM. The author of the article says VIVIDDREAM “treads the delicate line between protecting VPN epxloitation capabilities and enabling VPN SIGDEV to proceed”: see the Intercept article NSA cracked open encrypted networks of Russian airlines, Al Jazeera, and other “high potential” targets, 15 August 2018.
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.
This GCSB report from July 2009 describes the move towards “full collection” at the agency’s Waihopai, progress against several named targets and “2nd party sharing” arrangements via XKeyScore: see the New Zealand Herald article The price of the Five Eyes club: Mass spying on friendly nations, 5 March 2015.
On Saturday, 14 February, Edward Snowden participated in ACLU Hawaii’s First Amendment Conference by videolink from Moscow. Ben Wizner, Edward Snowden’s ACLU lawyer, also participated in the event.
Video of the event follows below; a full recap is available at civilbeat.com
This undated NSA presentation describes the process of Fourth Party collection – “I drink your milkshake”: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
This 26 April 2011 SIDToday post from the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center (NTOC) Hawaii describes how the NSA has developed its capabilities in collecting “other people’s sigint”, for instance in exploiting Chinese operations against the United Nations: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
This 6 September 2006 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday describes the role of a Remote Operations Center: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.