TYPHON HX: NSA Exploit of the Day
Today’s item from the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group implant catalog:
(S//SI//FVEY) Base Station Router – Network-In-a-Box (NIB) supporting GSM bands 850/900/1800/1900 and associated full GSM signaling and call control.
(S//SI//FVEY) Tactical SIGINT elements use this equipment to find, fix and finish targeted handset users.
(S//SI) Target GSM handset registers with BSR unit.
(S//SI) Operators are able to geolocate registered handsets, capturing the user.
(S//SI//REL) The macro-class Typhon is a Network-In-a-Box (NIB), which includes all the necessary architecture to support Mobile Station call processing and SMS messaging in a stand-alone chassis with a pre-provisioning capability.
(S//SI//REL) The Typhon system kit includes the amplified Typhon system, OAM&P Laptop, cables, antennas and AD/DC power supply.
(U//FOUO) An 800 WH LiIon Battery kit is offered separately.
(U) A bracket and mounting kit are available upon request.
(U) Status: Available 4 mos ARO
(S//SI//REL) Operational Restrictions exist for equipment deployment.
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.