SIM-Card Maker: NSA, British Spy Hack ‘In all probability Occurred’

Digital safety firm Gemalto stated an inner investigation confirmed that an alleged hack by British and American spies "in all probability occurred" between 2010 and 2011 — however stated the breach didn’t end result within the giant-scale theft of SIM encryption keys that hold cell phone communications safe.

The corporate’s probe into its methods started after on-line publication The Intercept, citing paperwork offered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, stated the 2 nations’ intelligence businesses had damaged into Gemalto’s techniques in a bid to watch voice and digital communications around the globe.

"The investigation into the intrusion strategies described within the doc and the subtle assaults that Gemalto detected in 2010 and 2011 give us affordable grounds to consider that an operation by NSA and GCHQ in all probability occurred," Gemalto stated in a report on its investigation on Wednesday. "On the time we have been unable to determine the perpetrators however we now assume that they might be associated to the NSA and GCHQ operation."

The corporate’s investigation has not revealed that the intelligence businesses efficiently retrieved giant numbers of SIM keys, it stated.

"The assaults towards Gemalto solely breached its workplace networks and couldn’t have resulted in an enormous theft of SIM encryption keys," the corporate discovered.

— Matthew DeLuca

First revealed February 25 2015, 5:26 AM