Monday 23 October 2017

Sim card maker allegedly targeted by British and US spying agencies

SIM cards are reflected on a monitor showing binary digits in this photo illustration taken in Sarajevo. Reuters/Dado Ruvic
SIM cards are reflected on a monitor showing binary digits in this photo illustration taken in Sarajevo. Reuters/Dado Ruvic

A Dutch Sim card maker allegedly targeted by British and US spying agencies says it believes there was a hacking operation but it did not result in a massive privacy leak.

Netherlands-based Gemalto, a maker of Sim cards used in mobile phones and credit cards, said that an internal investigation "gives us reasonable grounds to believe" an operation by the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart "probably happened".

The operation was reported last week on the website The Intercept using documents supplied by Edward Snowden.

Gemalto, a supplier to major mobile phone operators including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint, said the attacks in 2010 and 2011 "only breached its office networks and could not have resulted in a massive theft of Sim encryption keys".

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