[cryptome] Re: Radiation Emission Controls

  • From: John Young <jya@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:01:30 -0400

Sorry, I was not clear. Will try again.

I did not mean to suggest Utah was an EM reception station but
to query how NSA protected against its own apparatus emissions,
sometimes overly simplified under the rubric of TEMPEST -- an
ever shifting and refined technology.

TEMPEST protection measures are known to be capturable and
exploitable for counter-counter-spying. Not unlike encryption and
anonymizers target their users.

So, if NRAO is affected by its emissions and NSA has similar capabilities
then it would protect against, harvest and analyze emissions similar to
the way NRAO does, or more likely, much better. Harvesting the
harvesters is common tradecraft as with counter-spying the
counter-spies.

However, the exquisite capabilities of NRAO-like antenna array are
not common nor accessible to the general public -- there are at least
three of these around the US and more overseas linked by super-fast
scientific networks. Presumably they have lesser capabilities than
those used by official spies, although mutual assistance is fairly
common in educational institutions as in commerce, for the same
profitable reasons, and as always, sacred cow national security.

Reportedly a former NSA array was inherited by an educational
institution to use out-dated equiment. The equipment still useful
for NSA purposes had been removed, or so the story goes.

It is hard to get information that is not deliberately leaked, redacted,
fed to malleable outlets for editorial obfuscation, all this is now a
major online industry amplified from the earlier analog distribution.

Popularization of technical information is pretty well condemned
to degradation for easy and avid public consumption. As with
the latest NSA revelations, nearly all of which is recycled with
dollops of "shocking" novelty, with a few documents seasoning
the voluminous editorializing referring to lurid accounts yet to
be revealed, or not. A congressional hearing tomorrow
will feature this methodology avidly seeking eyeballs.

Hopefully a few more of Snowden's documents will be released
unseasoned by gravy of Greenwald's gravitas, but probably only
teasing tidbits as during the past few weeks. Hang tight, books and
documentaries and movies are in the works. Along with Assange's
and Manning's emissions.

I doubt that the Utah Data Center is a "front end" for receiving electromagnetic radio signals. Reception of those signals would be in remote locations and sent via fiber optical links to the data center to be stored and processed. NSA data centers do not need to be as free from radio interference as radio astronomy reception locations.

There are hardware hacks to pick up computer keyboard signal emanations. Does anyone the the Maker/Hacker community have a similar hack to pick out digital camera signal output? Probably would be much easier to hack into the picture as it is transmitted/transferred by cellphone radio than to capture it from stray emanations in the actual process of taking photos.

Given the amount of noise on almost all available radio bandwidth the 'spark plug' problem should be mostly insignificant when compared to other sources.

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