UK & US intelligence illegally hack SIM cards

20 February 2015

sim-cards-petr-kratochvil-pd American and British intelligence agencies have been up to no good. They've been hacking, illegally, into SIM cards to steal codes so they can try to listen in on people's calls, according to reports.

This, like all scary spy and surveillance news, has trickled out from the infamous former American intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden.

Spies hacked the SIMs of a company called Gemalto who, as you can imagine, are pretty furious about all this as they operate in 85 different countries and they'd rather not be thought of as complicit in all of this.

The Intercept are calling this "the great Sim heist" and that surveillance agencies were given "the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world's cellular communications, including both voice and data". Some of the mobile networks that are clients of Gemalto include T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and "some 450 wireless network providers around the world".

The source also claims that this hack was organised by Britain's GCHQ and America's NSA and that, the hack resulted in the ability to unscramble calls, texts and emails from the decode data that is flung through the air between phones and cell towers. It has also been claimed that Gemalto employees were cyber-stalked and their emails were tapped into so agencies could steal encryption keys.

A Gemalto spokeswoman said: "We take this publication very seriously and will devote all resources necessary to fully investigate and understand the scope of such highly sophisticated techniques to try to obtain Sim card data."

TOPICS:   Mobile   Privacy

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