Wired publishes sealed AT&T NSA documentation

We’re ecstatic that Wired magazine published these documents along with analysis, but we’re not sure what’s going to happen to them since they are federally sealed. Since the gag order was only towards EFF and not anyone else in the case, it allowed a legal loophole for the documents to be published. At least that’s what they say.
Interestingly, it looks as if it’s not provider controlled networks, but circuits that meet together that are being spied on also. So regardless of whether or not other providers actually acknowledged the NSA secret rooms, it seems that the tapped areas are the major nodes where all of the traffic meets (think of a crossing between major freeways).

Another Cut-In and Test Procedure document dated January 24, 2003, provides diagrams of how AT&T Core Network circuits were to be run through the “splitter” cabinet. One page lists the circuit IDs of key Peering Links which were “cut-in” in February 2003, including ConXion, Verio, XO, Genuity, Qwest, PAIX, Allegiance, AboveNet, Global Crossing, C&W, UUNET, Level 3, Sprint, Telia, PSINet and Mae West. By the way, Mae West is one of two key internet nodal points in the United States (the other, Mae East, is in Vienna, Virginia). It’s not just WorldNet customers who are being spied on — it’s the entire internet.

If you read on, the documentation also mentions more than just the NSA, but many DoD agencies, and talk of bringing in non-DoD agencies. 1984 anyone?
In any case, take a look at Wired’s publication of the sealed documentation. Definitely an interesting read.
Via Wired