Leaked documents disclose NSA’s ‘Auroragold’ cellular network spying operation

Leaked documents disclose NSA’s ‘Auroragold’ cellular network spying operation

According to an article published in The Intercept last week, the latest NSA documents supplied by Edward Snowden have revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has conducted a cellular network spying operation called 'Auroragold.'

The stealthy NSA operation chiefly underscored a campaign for interception of internal communications of cellular network operators as well as trade groups, with the objective of infiltrating mobile networks across the world.

As per the documents leaked by Snowden, the NSA's Auroragold operation last many years, and affected a wide array of companies and individuals, both inside the US and outside the country. The leaked NSA documents show that, as of May 2012, technical details had been collected by the NSA on nearly 70 percent of the total projected number of 985 mobile phone networks worldwide.

The Intercept article has drawn attention to the revelation in the leaked documents that, under the aegis of the Auroragold program, the NSA apparently ran two thus-far-undisclosed operations --- the Wireless Portfolio Management Office and the Target Technology Trends Center.

The two operations were run by the NSA to keep a close eye on the GSM Association, maintain a list of 1,201 email targets, or "selectors" used for intercepting companies' internal communications, and collect information about flaws in network security.

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