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FOXACID

An NSA presentation on the FOXACID system used to redirect web traffic in order to deliver malware to a target machine. The image on the first slide plays on the original delivery method used to compromise targets: spam emails. Those conventional phishing attacks (such as WILLOWVIXEN) have become deprecated in the agency’s offensive arsenal in favour of more sophisticated techniques: see the Der Spiegel article, NSA’s Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need, 30 December 2013.

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NSA QUANTUM Tasking Techniques for the R&T Analyst

This Booz Allen Hamilton presentation on the NSA’s Quantum tools describes the different kinds of malware attacks available to workgroups within the agency, the procedure an analyst must follow in order to make use of them and the way the systems themselves work, using a “man-on-the-side” attack from TAO’s FOXACID server. It also describes the respective Quantum capabilities of the NSA and GCHQ. See the Der Spiegel article Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit, 29 December 2013.

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