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Index of Intelligence Agencies
Overview of intelligence and law-enforcement agencies

This page contains an (incomplete) overview of the various intelligence and law-enforcement agencies in the world. If possible, a link to their website is provided. This list is by no means complete and is only meant for providing information about agencies that are of interest in relation to cryptography or to other equipment listed on this web site.
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BND   Bundesnachrichtendienst
Federal Intelligence Service (Website)

BfV   Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz
Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Website)

LfV   Landesämter für Verfassungsschutz (16 units)
State Offices for the Protection of the Constitution (one in each of the federal states). The activities are coordinated by the BfV.

MAD   Militärischer Abschirmdienst
Military Counter-intelligence Service (Military Screening Service). (Website)

BSI   Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik
Federal Office for Information Security. (Website)

East Germany (DDR)
MfS   Ministerium für Staatssicherheit
Ministery for State Security of the former DDR (East Germany); one of most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world. The agency is commonly known as Stasi, which is the abbreviation of Staats-Sicherheit, and had its headquarters in East-Berlin. The Stasi had strong ties with the Russian intelligence service KGB. (Wikipedia) (Wikipedia Germany)

Stasi   Ministerium für Staatssicherheit

BVD   Binnenlandse Veiligheidsdienst
Former name of the Dutch Security Agency. Established after WWII as BNV (Bureau Nationale Veiligheid, Bureau for National Security) on 29 May 1945. Renamed to CVD (Centrale Veiligheidsdienst, Central Security Agency) in April 1946. On 8 August 1949 the name was changed to BVD. On 29 May 2002, the agency was reorganized and renamed to AIVD.

AIVD   Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst
Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service. Successor to the BVD and active since the restructuring of 29 May 2002. (Website) (Wikipedia)

GOVCERT   Government Computer Emergency Responce Team
GOVCERT.nl is the Dutch center for cyber security. Since 1 January 2012 incorporated into the new NCSC.

KLPD   Korps Landelijke Politiediensten
Dutch National Police Services. (Website)

MIVD   Militaire Inlichtingen en Veiligheidsdienst
Military Intelligence and Security Agency. (Website) (Wikipedia)

NBV   Nationaal Bureau voor de Verbindingsbeveiliging
Netherlands National Communications Security Agency (NLNCSA). Part of the AIVD. (Website)

NCSC   Nationaal Cyber Security Centrum
The Dutch National Cyber Security Center is a co-operation between private organisations and the Dutch Goverment. Its main goal is to improve (internet) cyber security and to intervene whenever necessary. Partners are the NCTV, the former GOVCERT.NL, the intellicence cervice AIVD, the Dutch national police KLPD and various ministries. The NCSC is controlled by the NCTV. (Website)

NCTb   Nationaal Coordinator Terrorismebestrijding
Renamed to NCTV on 1 July 2011.

NCTV   Nationaal Coordinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid
National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security. Part of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. Formerly called NCTb (before 1 July 2011). (Website)


NSO   Nationale SIGINT Organisatie
Dutch national organization for communication interception. (Website)

AT   Agentschap Telecom
Radio Monitoring Service. Responsible for frequency spectrum monitoring, radio licences, and law enforcement against interference and clandestine frequency usage. Formerly known under a variety of names, including RCD, OCZ, and RDR.
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FO/S   Forsvarets Sikkerhetsstab
Former national security authority of Norway. In 2003 succeeded by the NSM.

NSM   Nasjonal Sikkerhetsmyndighet
Norwegian National Security Authority, responsible for preventive national security, ICT security (NorCERT), internal and external threats. Established on 1 January 2003 as the successor to the FO/S. (Wikipedia) (Website)

FRA   Försvarets Radio Anstalt
Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment. Responsible for Signals Intelligence (COMINT, SIGINT, ELINT) and support for IT security to government authorities and state-owned copanies. (Wikipedia) (Website)

Russia (formerly: USSR)
Cheka   Chrezvychaynaya Komissiaya
First Soviet state security organization, created by Lenin on 20 December 1917. Cheka, or VCheka (Vserossiyskaya Chrezvychaynaya Komissiaya), means All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage. The emblem of the organization was shared with the KGB. (Wikipedia)

GRU   Glavonoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravlenye
Current Russian Military Intelligence Service. Established by Lenin on 21 October 1918 and still operational. At one point, the GRU was bigger than the Cheka (the predecessor of the KGB. Even today, the GRU has about 6 times as many agents as the SVR (the intelligence successor of the KGB). (Wikipedia)

KGB   Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti
National Security Agency of the Soviet Union from 1954 to 1991 (Committee for State Security). (Wikipedia)

SVR   Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki
Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. It is the successor of the First Chief Directorate (PGU) of the former KGB. (Wikipedia)

United Kingdom (UK)
GC&CS   Government Code & Cipher School
UK agency responsible for codebreaking during WWII. Well-know for its activities on breaking Enigma and other ciphers at Bletchley Park. Later renamed to GCHQ.

GCHQ   Government Communications Headquarters
UK Intelligence Agency, responsible for Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and information insurance. Works with MI5 and MI6. (More...) (Website)

MI5   Security Service

MI6   Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)

United States of America (USA)
CIA   Central Intelligence Agency
Independent US Goverment agency for gathering national security intelligence. (Website)

FBI   Federal Bureau of Investigation

NRO   National Reconnaissance Office
Responsible for the design, building and operation of the spy satellites of the US government. Based in Chantilly, Virginia (USA). (Other) (Wikipedia)

NSA   National Security Agency
Part of the American Department of Defense (DoD). Responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign intelligence, and for the protection of US Government communications. (More...) (Wikipedia) (Website)

USIA   United States Information Agency
Former US Agency devoted to broadcasting 'public diplomacy', a.k.a. propaganda, at the hight of the Cold War. The agency existed from 1953 to 1999 and had four divisions. The agency also had a counter-intelligence department that performed bug-sweeps. (Wikipedia)

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