Gemalto: Government Hack Happened, but SIM Cards Secure

By Tim Maytom

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Following accusations last week that US and UK intelligence agencies attempted to steal its SIM card encryption keys, chip manufacturer Gemalto has released the results of its own investigation, concluding that while the hack ‘probably happened’, its SIM cards are secure.

The hack was first alleged by Intercept, based on information contained in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The operation was supposedly carried out by the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ in an attempt to access the encryption keys used to secure transmissions between phones and networks.

Among Gemalto’s clients who would have been affected by the hack, had it been successful, are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile US, as well as 450 other mobile network providers around the world.

According to Gemalto’s review of the attacks in 2010 and 2011, it has concluded that only its office networks were breached, which could not have resulted in the massive theft of SIM encryption codes originally feared

The review does note that attacks detected during the period when the government operation supposedly took place were ‘particularly sophisticated intrusions”, and while it wasn’t able to identify the perpetrators, it does “now think that they could be related to the …read more

Source:: Mobile App News