Today marks five years since the Guardian published Verizon’s FISA court order, the first story based on documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. At the time this story appeared, the whistleblower’s name was not known. It was three days and several enormous stories later that Snowden finally stepped out of the shadows, the source of the biggest public archive of top secret documents in history.
This undated NSA instructional presentation, along with instructor’s notes, provides a briefing on metadata sharing between the Five Eyes: see the Intercept article How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to “Unprecedented” Surveillance Tactics, 1 March 2018.
This NSA document contains the short text of the Alice Springs Resolution, a 2014 agreement designed to allow common metadata sharing between the Five Eyes intelligence alliance: see the Intercept article How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to “Unprecedented” Surveillance Tactics, 1 March 2018.
This NSA briefing from October 2006 underlines how the Alice Springs Resolution of 2004, designed to allow “unfettered” metadata sharing within the Five Eyes, was put into action in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings, with procedures for use of the resulting SMAC system: see the Intercept article How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to “Unprecedented” Surveillance Tactics, 1 March 2018.
This set of NSAThe Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed, 1 March 2018.
This 2012 presentation from the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team (NTAT), a joint Five Eyes surveillance unit, discusses options for installing malware on smartphones in light of the challenge posed by the Arab Spring: see the CBC News article Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware, 21 May 2015.
This single redacted slide from a 2013 NSA presentation confirms that New Zealand participates in Five Eyes cable access operations and reports the existence of a joint plan to infiltrate a Chinese diplomatic data connection: see the New Zealand Herald article The price of the Five Eyes club: Mass spying on friendly nations, 5 March 2015.
This extract of source code, presented here with a short introduction, appears to be part of the WARRIORPRIDE suite and was subsequently linked to the nation-state level malware Regin: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
This 2011 CSEC presentation describes how the agency analysed SNOWGLOBE, which it considered “to be a state-sponsored CNO effort, put forth by a French intelligence agency”: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.