ENTOURAGE: NSA Exploit of the Day
Today’s item from the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group implant catalog:
(S//SI//REL) Direction Finding application operating on the HOLLOWPOINT platform. The system is capable of providing line of bearing for GSM/UMTS/CDMA2000/FRS signals. A band-specific antenna and laptop controller is needed to compliment the HOLLOWPOINT system and completes the ground based system.
(S//SI) The ENTOURAGE application leverages the 4 Software Defined Radio (SDR) units in the HOLLOWPOINT platform. This capability provides an “Artemis-like” capability for waveforms of interest (2G,3G,others). The ENTOURAGE application works in conjunction with the NEBULA active interrogator as part of the Find/Fix/Finish capabilities of the GALAXY program.
- Software Defined Radio System
- Operating range 10MHz – 4GHz
- 4 Receive paths, all synchronized
- 1 Transmit path
- DF capability on GSM/UMTS/CDMA2000/FRS signals
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Integrated GPS
- Highly Mobile and Deployable
- 1.8″H x 8.0″W x 8.0″D
- Approximately 3 lbs
- 15 Watts
- Passively cooled
(S//SI//REL) Future Developments:
Status: The system is in the final testing stage and will be in production Spring 09.
Unit Cost: $70K
In the comments, feel free to discuss how the exploit works, how we might detect it, how it has probably been improved since the catalog entry in 2008, and so on.