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Operation Aurora

Scott Ainslie made this request to Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

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Scott Ainslie 05/17/2014

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I seek to obtain copies of material in the possession of the United States Department of Homeland Security - whether it be physical hard-copy, electronic format or another applicable format - which describes, cites, identifies, depicts or is particular to Operation Aurora or Elderwood Group, or other substantive documented correspondence describing, or specific to, the aforementioned subject, dated 1 June 2009 through 1 January 2012.

Operation Aurora consisted of coordinated Internet-based malicious activities and associated behavior against identified targets utilizing specialized malicious software. Targets cited in material and identified in media outlet articles describing Operation Aurora include Adobe Systems, Northrop Grumman, Juniper Networks and Rackspace.

Google published existence of Operation Aurora into public domain on 12 January 2010.

Operation Aurora-associated action continued for a persistent 6 month period prior to disclosure to public domain by Google.

http://www.wired.com/2010/01/operation-aurora/

I consider it useful if additional information or supplements be enclosed, as necessitated, to understand the context of the material provided, should it exist and be disclosed. I recognize that it is not a requirement nor is it obligated.

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. I am a credentialed journalist recognized by The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Police Scotland.

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,

Scott Ainslie

Day, Mia 05/22/2014

Greetings,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our
FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

  • Department of Homeland Security FOIA 2014-HQFO-00514 Acknowledgment
06/03/2014

Good Afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our
FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

  • Department of Homeland Security FOIA 2014-HQFO-00514 Acknowledgment
FOIA, NPPD 07/03/2014

Mr. Ainslie, please find attached our final response to your FOIA request for Operation Aurora docs.

If you have any questions, please 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.

FOIA, NPPD 07/03/2014

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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.