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NSA — Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research

May 13, 2013 Comments off

Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research (PDF)
Source: National Security Agency
Last updated 2/28/07. Recently released via FOIA request. From FCW:

The National Security Agency just released “Untangling the Web,” an unclassified how-to guide to Internet search. It’s a sprawling document, clocking in at over 650 pages, and is the product of many years of research and updating by a NSA information specialist whose name is redacted on the official release, but who is identified as Robyn Winder of the Center for Digital Content on the Freedom of Information Act request that led to its release.

It’s a droll document on many levels. First and foremost, it’s funny to think of officials who control some of the most sophisticated supercomputers and satellites ever invented turning to a .pdf file for tricks on how to track down domain name system information on an enemy website. But “Untangling the Web” isn’t for code-breakers or wire-tappers. The target audience seems to be staffers looking for basic factual information, like the preferred spelling of Kazakhstan, or telephonic prefix information for East Timor.

Hat tip: PW

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Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure

April 19, 2011 Comments off

Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure (PDF)
Source: National Security Agency

The cyber threat is no longer limited to your office network and work persona. Adversaries realize that targets are typically more vulnerable when operating from their home network since there is less rigor associated with the protection, monitoring, and maintenance of most home networks. Home users need to maintain a basic level of network defense and hygiene for both themselves and their family members when accessing the Internet.

Hat tip: Federation of American Scientists

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