SIM-Card Database Was Hacked by Government Surveillance AgenciesAdded: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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According to documents newly released by Edward Snowden, US and UK spies hacked into the world’s largest SIM-card manufacturer. This gave them unfettered access to billions of cellphones all over the world. Apparently, this news can spark another international row into overreach by surveillance agencies.
It turned out that the National Security Agency (NSA) and its UK peer GCHQ hacked into Gemalto, a Netherlands SIM-card manufacturer, by stealing encryption keys – this allowed the agencies to secretly monitor voice calls and data. In other words, this hack enabled the agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications. This, of course, violates international laws.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claimed there was no doubt that NSA and GCHQ had violated Dutch law and are likely to violate laws in many other countries where they used the hacked keys. The consumer privacy outfits also point out that the scale of the hack and its international reach will once again reopen wounds in the diplomatic community. As you know, the US government faced intense criticism from Germany, Brazil, other nations and its own citizens over information disclosed by Snowden.
It became known, for example, that Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was the target of an NSA spying campaign, and this soured US-German relations. Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has also accused the US agency of violating international law.
As for the SIM-card manufacture hack, the attacks could still be ongoing. The Netherlands company produces 2bn SIM-cards each year for major clients: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Gemalto operates in 85 countries and provides SIM-cards to about 450 wireless network providers all over the world.
Encryption keys stolen by NSA and GCHQ would allow them to monitor mobile communications without the consent or knowledge of telecom companies or foreign governments. As you know, calls made on 3G and 4G mobile networks are encrypted, but with the encryption keys any communication made on a device can be accessed (unless you use an extra layer of encryption).
The recent news means that it is difficult for anyone to trust the security of a cellphone, and the situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. Apparently, there is no reason for people to trust their network providers at this point, because their systems remain insecure. So, the stolen keys would allow the spy agencies to target whoever they wanted, even in countries where the government will not cooperate.
As for Gemalto, the company was totally oblivious to the penetration of its systems and promised to do its best to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. It turned out that the company was targeted by the Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET), a unit formed by the surveillance agencies 5 years ago to target vulnerabilities in cell phones. The encryption keys were stolen in a clandestine operation targeting the email and Facebook accounts of Gemalto employees.
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
|its nothing new, it sbeen going on for decades.|
the moral of the story is, do not use your personal cell phone for illegal purposes.
|posted by (2015-03-04 09:13:32)|
|VODAPHONE is most dangerous company evry voda sim phone is hacked by voda they sell data to google and we got those mesages and all hate VODAPHONE|
|So where R the ambulance chasing Lawyers wen U need 1???|
|Spies 25 World 0|
|posted by (2015-03-05 01:17:41)|
|yeah if you want a private conversation, have your conversation face to face in private. And three can keep a secret only if two are dead.|
|Blackphone is about as close to private on a cell phone as any are likely to get and for around the same price as an applie Iphone it offers better security since apples TOS state all messages will be vetted and anything they deem illicit will be reported to the feds by they themselves.h.t.t.p.s://blackphone.ch/|
|I think everyone and their dog know that once you tell anyone anything anywhere it is no longer private though and encryption in today's age can be broken depending on the type used and the skill of the analyst it is just a matter of time and resources,what needs to be done is for everyone to encrypt everything all the time to make it a vexatious waste of time for the Man especially if it takes a team of analysts a week to break a message saying I will be 30 mins late for dinner darling,lmao. (:^D)|
|Copy of leaked document can be found @ www.hakme.uk in PDF form.|
Showing how to build a EMV smart-card from Gemalto.
They don't care about security as long as the share holder gets paid they will LIE.
This document was leaked at a job interview then they raided 2 houses and stole our PC's and followed it up with a gagging order from the high court of Scotland.
Turns out 10 years later they still LIE even when the legal documents had the wrong post code. The QC raiding my home said it did not matter the post code was wrong.
Money speaks TRUTH has no voice.
|Hey Fusseltier . You do not mind these NSA lackies spying on you and every one else? I personally like my privacy and do NOT want to have my privacy violated. Even though technically I have NO privacy anymore. By saying "dont do anything wrong and you will be ok" is code for "i do not mind being spied on and you should not either" This means NSA is watching over our shoulders and listening to our convos all the time and it is becoming more and more like 1984|
|what they get a nut when they do hack sims cards lol||
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