Operation Aurora

Scott Ainslie filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Scott Ainslie

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 National Security Agency - 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.


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.


Scott Ainslie

From: National Security Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Security Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.