This 2011 presentation, created by GCHQ’s Network Analysis Centre describes new techniques for gathering reconnaissance on the IT personnel of targeted organisations (their “Network Operations Centres”), using Belgacom as an example in several slides: see the Intercept article Operation Socialist: The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco, 13 December 2014.
This 19-page NSA paper, delivered at the 2010 Five Eyes SIGDEV conference, gives a technical explanation of the importance of sourcing mobile carriers’ roaming agreements (IR.21): see the Intercept article Operation Auroragold: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide, 4 December 2014.
This 26-page NSA document, originally presented at 2012’s Five Eyes SIGDEV conference, gives a detailed overview of the agency’s information gathering on world mobile phone networks. Some intercepted technical and contact details have been redacted: see the Intercept article
Operation Auroragold: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide, 4 December 2014.
This 4-page NSA document, presented at a Five Eyes SIGDEV conference 2011, gives an overview of the AURORAGOLD (AG) project, in which technical intelligence is gathered to ensure future agency access to mobile phone networks worldwide: see the Intercept article Operation Auroragold: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide, 4 December 2014.
This undated NSA Special Source Operations memo explains MYSTIC a collaboration between various US agencies that collects signals from telecoms networks by means of devices have been installed for ostenisbly “legitimate commercial services”: see the Intercept article Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas, 19 May 2014.
Two images from an NSA presentation describe Dutch-US cooperation in an international mission against Somali pirates in which signals intelligence was used to map contacts and support a naval mission. Identifying and technical details have been redacted: see the NRC Handelsblad article The secret role of the Dutch in the American war on terror, 5 March 2014.
Six slides from a 28 May 2010 GCHQ presentation on intercepting mobile phone data, describing the agency’s many tools for compromising individual handsets and weaknesses within national networks and international roaming exchanges (GRXs). Note that these are the first versions of these documents to be released online: see the Guardian article NSA and GCHQ target ‘leaky’ phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data, 27 January 2014.
This NSA presentation from May 2010 describes the kinds of information the agency can extract from smartphone traffic, describing the use of mobile apps as a “golden nugget”. Note that this is the first version of this document released online: see the Pro Publica article Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data, 27 January 2014.