The NSA’s weird alphabet soup of code names for secret spy programs and hacker tools

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the media have revealed the sometimes strange code names.

NSA hacking tool code names

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the media have revealed the sometimes strange code names the NSA has used now and in the past for its operations and hacker tools. Here’s a sampling of the weirdest.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: NSA Internet and telephony network collection program.

NSA hacking tool code names

What is it: The big data analysis and visualization system making use of Dial Number Recognition (DNR) and Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) information.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: The NSA program whose goal is to break encryption.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: One of the NSA’s Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) databases.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: Universal Serial Bus (USB) hardware host tap that provides COVERT link into a target network.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: a technology for uncovering the identities of those using an online system designed to keep users anonymous.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: A metadata collection tool used for telecom and Internet communications.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: A DNI metadata processor that provides filtering for the NSA’s PRISM program for collection of Internet e-mail, files, social media and more with cooperation from service providers.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: A surveillance tool that seeks to target Tor users, Tor being a anonymity service.

NSA hacking tool code names

What is it: The program for planting spyware.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: NSA, CIA and Navy operation to place wire taps on Soviet underwater communication cables.

NSA hacking tool code names

What they are: Cable-intercept programs targeting counter-terrorism in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the general Internet.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: Control system for sensitive geospatial intelligence.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: NSA automated message handling system.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: An NSA collection program.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: Database for signals intelligence from NSA and its partners around the world.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: NSA telephone network visualization tool.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: an NSA metadata processing program.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: Classified network for information exchange with the U.K., Canada and Australia.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: NSA Internet and telephony network collection program.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: Part of the TURBULENCE program for detecting cyberspace threats and the PRISM program for collecting Internet data, especially from e-mail and social media providers.

NSA hacking tool code names

What it is: A program in which the NSA hacked into Mexican officials’ e-mails.