Courage our network

Giving Answers, Keeping Secrets

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.

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HPCP Conference Aids Collaboration

This post from internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 13 November 2003 discusses the results of a conference organised by the agency in order to tackle the problems it had monitoring High Powered Cordless Phones – standalone devices unconnected to the cellphone network – that year. In all 500 personnel participated in the conference, drawn from NSA, its Five Eyes partners, contractors and the US military: see the Intercept article Iraqi Insurgents Stymied the NSA and Other Highlights from 263 Internal Agency Reports, 10 August 2016.

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