Saturday, 21 February 2015

NSA And GCHQ Would Have Hacked Sim Manufacturer Gemalto

The American and British secret services were established in the Netherlands SIM card manufacturer Gemalto five years ago there have been hacked and stolen the encryption keys used to secure mobile communications. Thus, the NSA and the British GCHQ would mobile communications eavesdropping without permission of telecom operators and foreign governments.

That claims The Intercept using documents whistleblower Edward Snowden. Gemalto product annually honors 2 billion SIM cards and is one of the largest manufacturers in the world SIM card. According to a presentation in 2010 of the GCHQ, different computers are infected with malware Gemalto that the British secret service at the time thought full access to the network.

Gemalto CEO Paul Beverly called the news disturbing. "The important thing for me is to understand how this could happen just so we can take steps to prevent it does not happen again," he tells The Intercept opposite. After being informed Gemalto's security team has conducted an investigation, but could find no trace of any hack. However, the slides of Snowden dating five years ago.

D66 MP Gerard Schouw call it incredible. He and other policymakers will ask for clarification from the government and want to know whether the AIVD knew Gemalto was a target. "We have a law in the Netherlands on the activities of secret services and hacking is not allowed," said the MP. He also does not think Plasterk such operations would approve by foreign secret services.

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