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[liberationtech] Recent Der Spiegel coverage about the NSA and GCHQ

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at
Thu Jan 2 16:37:45 PST 2014


I wanted to write to highlight some important documents that have
recently been released by Der Spiegel about the NSA and GCHQ. We worked
very hard and for quite some time on these stories - I hope that you'll
enjoy them.

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit:

Part 1: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit:

Part 2: Targeting Mexico:

Part 3: The NSA's Shadow Network:

NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need:

Shopping for Spy Gear: Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox:

Interactive Graphic: The NSA's Spy Catalog:

Neue Dokumente: Der geheime Werkzeugkasten der NSA:

NSA-Programm "Quantumtheory": Wie der US-Geheimdienst weltweit Rechner

Der Spiegel 1 / 2014:

TAO slides:

NSA QUANTUM Tasking Techniques for the R&T Analyst:

Yahoo! user targeting and attack example with QUANTUM:

QUANTUMTHEORY and related QUANTUM programs:

If you'd like to detect the QUANTUM INSERT, I suggest reading about the
race condition details:

Details about the Man-On-The-Side with QUANTUM:

QFIRE (NSA-Geheimdokumente: "Vorwärtsverteidigung" mit QFIRE), TURMOIL,


More MARINA details:

Catalog of equipment covering around ~50 programs:

Other slides covering FOXACID and more:

NSA QUANTUMTHEORY capabilities list:

GCHQ QUANTUMTHEORY capabilities list:


An overview of all of these articles is available in German:

Earlier this week, I also recently gave a talk titled "To Protect and
Infect: part two" at CCC's 30C3. In the talk I explain a number of these
topics - the video is a reasonable complement to the above stories:

There are quite a few news articles and most of them have focused on the
iPhone backdoor known as DROPOUTJEEP - they largely miss the big picture
asserting that the NSA needs physical access. This is a
misunderstanding. The way that the NSA and GCHQ compromise devices with
QUANTUMNATION does not require physical access - that is merely one way
to compromise an iPhone. Generally the NSA and GCHQ compromise the phone
through the network using QUANTUM/QUANTUMNATION/QUANTUMTHEORY related
attack capabilities.

An example of a vulnerable Apple user is shown:

"note: QUANTUMNATION and standard QUANTUM tasking results in the same
exploitation technique. The main difference is QUANTUNATION deploys a
state 0 implant and is able to be submitted by the TOPI. Any ios device
will always get VALIDATOR deployed."

They're not talking about Cisco in that slide, I assure you.

Details on VALIDATOR:

Welcome to 2014!

The truth is coming and it can't be stopped,

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