GCHQ spy centre


Remember those spy flicks you might have come across, featuring some really silly inside jokes on Spy names? Well, it turns out that they might be quite close to what the real spies from some of the world’s most famous spying agencies have been doing.


Government Communications Headquarters () is a British Intelligence agency which manages the department of signal intelligence and information assurance and aids the British government and armed forces. This agency closely follows the footsteps of NSA, The US official intelligence agency which manages data globally.


This spy agency has been trying to extract all information from their possible suspects, but practically many of the suspected people are, in fact, some ordinary men. Recently a new excerpt from NSA whistleblower Snowden’s leak came out in front of the public eye, and it featured some very funny names that were given to the secret spying missions of the GCHQ.


Some of the missions have some interesting names as well, for example, a tool for permanently blocking all access to the users account on a particular computer is known as “Angry Pirate.” Facebook is possibly the best way of stalking or more specifically spying on people and they obviously depend a lot on their suspect’s Facebook accounts to get critical information about their whereabouts and latest activities.




Finding valuable private photographs of their suspects from their Facebook profiles was primarily known as “Spring Bishop,” now we wonder where that came from. The Intercept published a set of other Mission names that are now known to the common-man, these include:


  • “Mass delivery of email messaging to support an Information Operations campaign” (BADGER) and “mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations campaign” (source WARPARTH)“


  • Active Skype capability. Provision of real time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) and bidirectional instant messaging. Also contact lists.” (source MINIATURE HERO)


  • “Targeted Denial Of Service against Web Servers” (PREDATORS FACE) and “Distributed denial of service using P2P. Built by ICTR, deployed by JTRIG” (source ROLLING THUNDER)“


  • For connecting two target phone together in a call” (source IMPERIAL BARGE)


Now that these names are known to everyone, people can sympathize with the GCHQ workers who had to remember such cruelly confusing names along with the details of what they stood for.


The names are so insanely awkward that one starts to wonder whether they liked spying anymore after they were sent off to work for their respective missions.


While the names may still sound extremely funny, the operations they stood for were all primarily very successful. Due to security reasons the GCHQ didn’t reveal much in its interactions with some media outlets.


The GCHQ has a few more that 6100 employees and it works under the direction of Joint Intelligence Commission (JIC) along with the Security Service (MI5), the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and Defense Intelligence (DI).


Edward Snowden had also revealed in 2013 that the agency operates a ‘Tempora Program’ through which it tries to capture all online Telephone and Telephone data in the UK.


Meanwhile if you are fascinated by these names, there are many more such names mentioned in details and you can search them out.