The spy catalog information developed by the British spy agency GCHQ comes from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to The Intercept. Such documents don’t contain much in the way of technical information about how the online spy tools work, but they do reveal a colorful array of code names for methods aimed at both collecting information and manipulating online information seen on websites such as Facebook and YouTube. The GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) that developed the catalog described most of the tools as being “fully operational” or else “very close to being ready.”
It reads like a 4chan troll list. On purpose.
I had a good laugh over this a few days ago when it was properly published, it’s a very British sense of humour to be underestimated thusly.
Example: “Scrapheap Challenge” is actually a much-beloved TV programme I recommend. Any Brit who knows the term would move along without a backward glance, because they’d just come across as fandom losers dicking around on the web.