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3222Re: [coldwarcomms] RE: Israeli compromise of U.S. telecommunications?

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  • Albert LaFrance
    Mar 6, 2002
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      Some random info...

      (1) TV alert for DC-area viewers: I just caught the end of a teaser for
      tonight's WJLA (Ch. 7, ABC) local news. Reporter Dale Solly (sp?) was
      saying something about "Israeli agents" and "...biggest spy case...".

      (2) The FCC's CALEA web page is at:

      (3) The FBI's CALEA web page is at:

      (4) The Jan. 19, 2002 Washington Post (p. A12) listed the numbers and
      countries of origin of the people being held by the INS in relation to the
      terrorism investigation, as of Jan. 4. The number of Israelis was 20.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Goldsmith, Tim" <tim.goldsmith@...>
      To: <coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 6:05 PM
      Subject: [coldwarcomms] RE: Israeli compromise of U.S. telecommunications?

      > We are slowly gaining some technical information on how this works (i.e.
      > voice vs. call data) and to what extent the US government is concerned
      > the vulnerabilities. We have learned that in December, in direct response
      > the Fox News stories, FBI and DEA personnel expressed concern over
      > vulnerabilities of their T2S2(Transcription/Translation Support) system
      > planned to include it in a briefing for DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson
      > December 19th that was to also include the "Israeli art students" and
      > Comverse.
      > The Federation of American Scientists website had this description from an
      > Army document of the T2S2 system.
      > http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/army/docs/astmp/c7/P7D4.htm
      > One of the programs under the Army's purview is the
      > Transcription/Translation Support System (T2S2). The T2S2 is an audio
      > collection and recording system which supports Drug Enforcement
      > Administration (DEA) Title III wire tap operations. T2S2 is a key backbone
      > communications system that accelerates the prosecution of drug
      > The system provides near real-time collection, recording, and forwarding
      > digitized voice intercepts from Title III Wiretap Collection and Recording
      > Sites located in New York City, Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles. The voice
      > intercepts are forwarded to a Remote Processing Transcription/Translation
      > Support Center located in Draper, UT, via dedicated long haul
      > carriers....
      > Pretty wild stuff. Anyone have insight into the nature of these "dedicated
      > long haul communications carriers"?
      > Tim Goldsmith
      > Message: 1
      > Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:39:17 -0500
      > From: "Albert LaFrance" <albertjlafrance@...>
      > Subject: RE: Israeli compromise of U.S. telecommunications?
      > Looking at the original article on this topic:
      > http://www.insightmag.com/main.cfm/include/detail/storyid/125356.html
      > and the recent articles, it appears that the major detail added is that
      > alleged interception ot conversations was accomplished through
      > activation of the remote-wiretap technology provided for American
      > law-enforcement use.
      > Although I'm far from being convinced that the allegations are true, the
      > latest assertions do begin to fill in a big gap in the original claims.
      > first report clearly stated that actual *conversations* were being
      > monitored, but the technical details on how this might be done referred
      > call-accounting and billing data. It seemed to me that the article
      > access to that data with access to the actual "talking path" through the
      > switching system.
      > I can much more readily believe that a foreign intelligence service
      > call-accounting/billing data than I can believe that real-time access to
      > conversations was achieved. But compromise of the CALEA remote-wiretap
      > capability would certainly make the latter possibility more conceivable.
      > I mentioned these reports to a couple of acquaintances who have COMSEC
      > experience. They had heard the allegations but were very skeptical. They
      > noted that rumors of "back doors" in Israeli telecom products have been
      > around for a while but no one has ever proven their existence or been able
      > to provide details of the alleged compromises.
      > Albert
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