This 2005 letter to the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday authored by a young analyst by Eric Mesa, points out just how useful an emerging social network called Facebook might prove to the agency: ee the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.
This page from GCHQ’s internal GCWiki, last updated on 1 May 2012 documents progress in a variety of the agency’ projects: see Facing Data Deluge, Secret U.K. Spying Report Warned of Intelligence Failure, 7 June 2016.
Today the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on a complaint brought by Max Schrems, a 27-year-old graduate student, in response to Edward Snowden’s revelations. Schrems had argued that Facebook’s cooperation with the PRISM programme revealed by Edward Snowden meant that it was not adequately protecting the data of its European customers.
This GCHQ research paper from 6 November 2009 outlines what kinds of data the agency can extract from internet radio stations and their listenership, grouped by country: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
This GCHQ presentation from March 2009 shows that the agency has targeted a number of popular websites in a concerted effort to harvest cookies (“target detection indentifiers”) on a massive scale: see the Intercept article Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities, 25 September 2015.
This CSE (then CSEC) presentation from 2012 describes the Canadian agency’s file download monitoring operation: see the Intercept article Canada Casts Global Surveillance Dragnet Over File Downloads, 28 January 2015.
This June 2010 NSA presentation for the SIGDEV conference describes efforts to trace a suspected Chinese cyber attack: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
This undated NSA SIGINT presentation describes nine varieties of QUANTUM malware attack, their operational status and success in the field: see the Intercept article How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware, 12 March 2014.