Revealed documents

2009 SIGDEV Conference: ‘Best Yet and Continuing to Improve’

This internal NSA report dated 14 August 2009 describes that year’s SIGDEV (Sigint Development) Conference, in which representatives of 5 Eyes agencies and the wider US intelligence community meet “to synchronize discovery efforts, share breakthroughs, and swap knowledge on the art of analysis”: see the Intercept article: The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket, 4 April 2014.

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I Hunt Sys Admins

A series of casual posts written by a single author stationed in the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate and posted on the agency’s intranet in 2012. Several posts written in December of that year describe the rationale and methodology of targeting systems administrators: see the Intercept article Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators, 20 March 2014.

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Tasking of SCALAWAG

This extract from the NSA’s Special Source Operations division’s weekly memo describes the operation of SCALAWAG, the SIGAD (or collection address) associated with the MYSTIC collection of bulk telephony data: see the Washington Post article NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls, 18 March 2014.

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