SIM-Card Maker Probing NSA, British Spy Hacking Report

Digital-safety firm Gemalto is wanting right into a report that British and American intelligence businesses hacked its techniques and stole encryption keys that maintain cell phone communications personal.

On-line investigative newsmagazine The Intercept, citing paperwork offered by Edward Snowden, reported on Thursday that the NSA cooperated with British intelligence company the Common Communications Headquarters on the hack — which gave spies the power to watch voice and knowledge communications on cell phones around the globe, in accordance with the report.

These hacking allegations haven’t been independently confirmed by NBC Information. The NSA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Gemalto, which is predicated within the Netherlands, makes the SIM playing cards that perform as a telephone’s ID and hold that info safe.

"We take this publication very significantly and can dedicate all assets needed to completely examine and perceive the scope of such refined methods," Gemalto stated in a press release on Friday.

"The publication signifies the goal was not Gemalto per se — it was an try and attempt to forged the widest internet attainable to succeed in as many cell phones as attainable, with the purpose to watch cellular communications with out cellular community operators and customers consent," the assertion stated. "We can’t at this early stage confirm the findings of the publication and had no prior information that these businesses have been conducting this operation."

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First revealed February 20 2015, 7:17 AM