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Danish military intelligence uses XKEYSCORE to tap cables in cooperation with...

Last August, it came out that a whistleblower accused the Danish military and signals intelligence service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste or FE) of unlawful activities and deliberately misleading...

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The NSA tried to spy on Danish and other European targets via cable tapping...

(Updated: December 2, 2020)According to new revelations by the Danish broadcaster DR, the NSA tried to use its collaboration with the Danish military intelligence service FE to spy on targets in some...

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The report of a Swiss investigation into the case of Crypto AG

Last month, the Swiss parliamentary intelligence oversight committee published a report about its investigation into the case of Crypto AG, the former Swiss manufacturer of encryption systems that was...

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The phones in president Biden's Oval Office

On January 20, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. As such he has access to the presidential communications system, including secure and non-secure telephone...

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The telephone contacts of president George W. Bush

Always wanted to know who are on the contact list of the President of the United States? In the George W. Bush Presidential Library one can see the telephone from the president's desk in the Oval...

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The communications systems at the US Central Command headquarters

(Updated: April 9, 2021)Previously, this weblog provided a close look at the phones used by US president Biden. This time we turn to another end of the line and look at the communications equipment...

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What the NSA provides to its foreign partners, and vice versa

The cooperation between (signals) intelligence agencies of different countries is strictly quid pro quo, which means what you get is equivalent to what you give. This is perfectly illustrated by a...

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Edward Snowden and the targeted drone killing campaign

Two weeks ago, on October 22, a new document from the Snowden files was published for the first time in over two years. It's an entry from Intellipedia about the American drone killing campaign that...

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About Intellipedia and other intelligence wikis from the Snowden trove

For years, the NSA and other US intelligence agencies have their own internal versions of the collaboration tools that most of us are using day-to-day. Documents from some of these tools have been...

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From the Hotline to the first video call between presidents Biden and Putin

Among the most special telecommunication links are those between the presidents of the United States and Russia. The first and most famous one is the Hotline from 1963, but contrary to popular belief...

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Head of Danish military intelligence arrested but independent inquiry finds...

Unprecedented developments in Denmark: a former defense minister as well as the head of the military intelligence service FE have been charged for disclosing highly classified information, for which...

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The phones of Ukrainian president Zelensky

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Ukrainian president Zelensky bravely leads his country in the fight against the Russian armed forces. As in any war, communications are of vital...

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The highly classified documents found at Trump's residence Mar-a-Lago

This weblog is not only about signals intelligence, communications security and top level telecommunications equipment, but also about the US Classification System, which is equally fascinating in all...

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Jareh Dalke arrested for offering NSA documents to the Russians

On September 28, the FBI arrested Jareh S. Dalke, who attempted to sell the Russians some highly classified documents which he exfiltrated within less than a month after he started working at the NSA....

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A new secure red telephone for German chancellor Scholz

(Updated: October 30, 2022)In December last year, Olaf Scholz succeeded Angela Merkel as chancellor of Germany. Since about half a year ago, he has a remarkably large red telephone at his desk, which...

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About the legality of the NSA's testing and SIGINT Development projects

On November 1, 2022, Bloomberg published a remarkable story about an NSA analyst who in 2013 developed and tested a new collection method that resulted in the unauthorized collection of American...

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The National Security Operations Center (NSOC): 50 years in photos

(Updated: March 6, 2023)On February 21, the NSA's National Security Operations Center (NSOC) celebrated its 50-year anniversary. For this occasion, I will take a close look at a range of unique...

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Everything you want to know about the Pentagon/Discord Leak

(Updated: April 22, 2023) Two weeks ago, a few highly classified military maps from Pentagon appeared on social media. As more and more of such documents surfaced, this became the most significant leak...

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New details about the Pentagon Leak

Last month it became clear that junior airman Jack Teixeira had posted highly classified military intelligence information on the Discord platform, which became known as the Pentagon or Discord Leak....

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On the 10th anniversary of the Snowden revelations

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Snowden revelations I will discuss some of the most notable aspects, based upon the numerous blog posts which I have written here. Still, it should...

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Some new snippets from the Snowden documents

(Updated: September 15, 2023) It's been more than four years since the last regular publication of documents from the Snowden trove. Last year, however, some new snippets of information from the...

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The NSA's new organizational designators

For decades, the organizational structure of the NSA was classified, but since 2013 the Snowden documents provided hundreds of designators of internal divisions, branches and units, which allowed me...

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Laatste kans voor duidelijkheid over de Tijdelijke wet cyberoperaties [NL]

This time a blog post in Dutch about the temporary act that gives Dutch intelligence and security services more leeway for "operations against countries with an offensive cyber program directed against...

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Safe and Free: comparing national legislation on electronic surveillance

A project called Safe and Free by the University of Texas now provides an overview of the legal framework for electronic surveillance by intelligence and law enforcement agencies in 12 democratic...

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Eerste Kamer bereikt iets meer duidelijkheid over de Tijdelijke wet...

This time a second blog post in Dutch about a new bill that gives Dutch intelligence and security services more leeway for operations against cyber actors. A summary of this case in English can be...

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