Dutch SIM card maker investigating reported UK-US hack

A Dutch company that makes SIM cards for cellular phones says it is investigating reports that it was hacked by Britain's electronic spying agency in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency.

Amsterdam-based Gemalto, which describes itself as the world leader in digital security, said in a statement Friday it could not immediately confirm the reported hack and "had no that these agencies were conducting this operation."

A story posted Thursday on the website The Intercept, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, said the hack was aimed at stealing codes that would allow both the U.S. and British governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide.

Gemalto says it "will devote all resources necessary to fully investigate" the reported hack.

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Feb 20, 2015
Why encrypt in the first place, if you don't intend to do it right. There are protocols for "perfect forward security". Or,. if you can break in at a manufacturers place and break their products security by stealing the codes, the security architecture is wrong.

But this may be by intend.

A different thing all together is when from taxpayer paid agency people covertly introduce vulnerabilities in to security infrastructure.

I wouldn't be surprised, if if the other big fraud story brought to light by Kaspersky (> 100 Banks) was aided by such vulnerabilities, backdoors and stolen secrets. After being spied by rivaling agencies it may have been leaked out to criminal organizations. Particularly in countries where such agencies and criminal organizations seamlessly overlap.

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