Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MAESTRO-II: NSA Exploit of the Day

Today's item from the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group implant catalog:
MAESTRO-II (TS//SI//REL) MAESTRO-II is a miniaturized digital core packaged in a Multi-Chip Module (MCM) to be used in implants with size constraining concealments.
(TS//SI//REL) MAESTRO-II uses the TAO standard implant architecture. The architecture provides a robust, reconfigurable, standard digital platform resulting in a dramatic performance improvement over the obsolete HC12 microcontroller based designs. A development Printed Circuit Board (PCB) using packaged parts has been developed and is available as the standard platform. The MAESTRO-II Multi-Chip-Module (MCM) contain an ARM7 microcontroller, FPGA, Flash and SDRAM memories.
Status: Available -- On The Shelf
Unit Cost: $3-4K
Page, with graphics, is here. General information about TAO and the catalog is here.
Finally -- I think this is obvious, but many people are confused -- I am not releasing these documents. Spiegel released these documents in December. Every national intelligence service, Internet organized crime syndicate, and clued terrorist organization has already poured over these pages. It's us who hasn't really looked at, or talked about, these pages. That's the point of these daily posts.

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