Sim card firm links GCHQ and NSA to hack attacks

The Dutch Sim card maker at the centre of NSA-GCHQ hacking claims has said it believes that the US and UK cyberspy agencies did indeed launch attacks on its computer systems.However, Gemalto denied that billions of mobile device encryption keys could have been stolen as a result.The Intercept alleged last week that spies had obtained the “potential to secretly monitor” voice and data transmissions after hacking the firm. see:Gemalto Officials Say SIM Infrastructure Not Compromised
Despite leaked documents from the NSA showing otherwise, officials at Gemalto on Wednesday said the company has found no evidence that its SIM card infrastructure was compromised several years ago by the NSA and GCHQ. The company identified a handful of what it called sophisticated attacks in the timeframe in questions, but said none of them affected its secure networks.Gemalto’s statements come after nearly a week of questions surrounding a reported attack on the company by a joint team of NSA and GCHQ officers. The goal of the operation apparently was to steal the encryption keys for millions of SIM cards for mobile devices, a move that would give those agencies access to the encrypted voice and data communications going to and from those devices. The report is based on a document stolen from NSA by Edward Snowden that says in part,”Gemalto-successfully implanted several machines and believe we have their entire network…”

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