GCSB Codenames/Covernames and Suggested Use/Implementation
This page contains a listing of covernames associated with the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). GCSB is responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance services to the government and assistance to other New Zealand government agencies.
I have produced similar lists for Communications Security Establishment (CSE) and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). A list for the National Security Agency (NSA) is forthcoming. You may also want to visit Electrospaces.net, which has also developed lists of covernames for some of the above mentioned agencies, as well as the National Security Agency (NSA).
All material provided below is derived from publicly available documents, books, and other resources. Descriptions of what the covernames mean or refer to are done on a best-effort basis; if you believe there is additional publicly referenced material derived from GCSB documents which could supplement descriptions please let me know.
APPARITION – Installation was planned for June 2012 (GCSB Update 21 March 2012, 15).
CAPRICA – A SIGINT collection program that was ‘fine tuned’ to better capture 1800MHz cellular signals emitted from Solomon Telekom infrastructure (GCSB SIGINT Development Quarterly Report, 2).
DARKQUEST (DQ) – This covername is associated with SHAREDQUEST (SQ). It’s initial capacity was likely installed November 10, 2011 (GCSB Update 21 March 2012, 13).
FALLOW HAUNT – This covername is associated with SHAREDQUEST (SQ). It was likely installed November 10, 2011 and lacked KEYCARD capability (GCSB Update 21 March 2012, 13).
IRONSAND – This mission captures satellite changes, technology changes, and project SPEARGUN within its auspice (GCSB Update 21 March 2012). It is a cover name for Waihopai Station.
LOPERS D1 –
LOPERS M1 –
PREVAIL – This covername pertains to a radio-frequency survey at Honiara (capital of Solomon Islands) that was planned with DSD (GCSB SIGINT Development Quarterly Report, 2).
SHAREDQUEST (SQ) – This covername encompasses the DARKQUEST and FALLOWHAUNT projects or programs (GCSB Update 21 March 2012, 12-13).
SILVER PEAK – Pertains to WAN optimizers and is part of the broader IRONSAND ‘mission’ (GCSB Update 21 March 2012, 10).
SPEARGUN – Pertains to GCSB’s cable access program (SPEARGUN Phase 1, 1).
VQUEST – An initiative meant to provide a way forward for SHAREDQUEST (GCSB Update 22 April 2010, 10).