Documents from CERT/CC regarding an attack on the Tor network

Runa A. Sandvik filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-NPFO-00476
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From: Runa A. Sandvik

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request all briefs, emails, records, and any other documents from the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University on, about, mentioning, or concerning an attack on the Tor anonymity network, created between January 2014 and August 2014.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: FOIA, NPPD

Re: 2014-NPFO-00476

Dear Mr. Sandvik:

This acknowledges receipt of your September 11, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for documents from CERT/CC regarding an attack on the Tor network. Because your request was not specifically addressed to this office, your letter was initially sent to HQ Privacy for routing and was received by this office on September 16, 2014.

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although DHS' goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, DHS will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. ยง 552(a)(6)(B). We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations as they apply to commercial requestors; i.e., you will be charged 10-cents per page for duplication and for search and review time at the per quarter-hour rate ($4.00, $7.00, $10.25) of the searcher and reviewer. We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued.

We have queried the appropriate component of DHS for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

Your request has been assigned reference number 2014-NPFO-00476. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. You may contact this office at 703-235-2211.

Sincerely,

Gayle Worthy
Senior FOIA Program Specialist
Fax: 703-235-2052

Warning: This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information such as found under 49 CFR 1520 or the Privacy Act of 1974. It should not be communicated to any person, or agency, unless disclosure is in performance of official DHS duties and there exists a valid need to know. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-NPFO-00476.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA, NPPD

Re: 2014-NPFO-00476

Dear Mr. Sandvick:

This responds to your October 20, 2014, e-mail in which you requested an update as to the status of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dated September 11, 2014, and received in this office on September 16, 2014. Your request sought all briefs, emails, records, and any other documents from the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University on, about, mentioning, or concerning an attack on the Tor anonymity network, created between January 2014 and August 2014.

By letter dated, September 18, 2014, we advised you that due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we would encounter some delay in processing your request. Requests are processed in chronological order based on the date we received a perfected request.

For your information, we have queried the appropriate component of DHS for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. We will process your request as expeditiously as possible. Upon completion of the processing, all documents that can be released will be made available to you at the earliest possible date. We sincerely apologize for the delay you are experiencing and appreciate your continued patience.

Sincerely,

Gayle Worthy
Deputy Chief, FOIA Operations
Mainline: 703-235-2211
Fax: 703-235-2052

Warning: This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information such as found under 49 CFR 1520 or the Privacy Act of 1974. It should not be communicated to any person, or agency, unless disclosure is in performance of official DHS duties and there exists a valid need to know. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: FOIA, NPPD

Ms. Sandvik, please find attached our final response to your FOIA request seeking docs from the CERT/CC at Carnegie Mellon University.

If you have any questions, please contact this office at 703-235-2211.

Sincerely,

Gayle Worthy
Deputy Chief, FOIA Operations
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Fax: 703-235-2052

Warning: This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information such as found under 49 CFR 1520 or the Privacy Act of 1974. It should not be communicated to any person, or agency, unless disclosure is in performance of official DHS duties and there exists a valid need to know. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message.

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