0
Wireless

GCHQ, NSA stole Gemalto encryption keys - report

Friday 20 February 2015 | 08:57 CET | News
US and UK intelligence workers hacked into Sim card maker Gemalto's computer network and stole encryption keys used to protect mobile phone communications privacy around the world, according to a document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden to The Intercept. The 2010 document from Britain's GCHQ stated that GCHQ operatives, with support from the NSA, mined the private communications of Gemalto engineers and other operators in multiple countries. The bulk theft of encryption keys allow police and other agencies to sidestep the need for a wiretap warrant, as well as unlocking any encrypted

Thank you for visiting Telecompaper

Sign up below to get access to the rest of this article and all the telecom news you need.

  • Register free and gain access to even more articles from Telecompaper. Register here
  • Subscribe and get unlimited access to Telecompaper’s full coverage, with a customised choice of news, commentary, research and alerts.

Subscriptions

Already registered?



Free Headlines in your E-mail

Every day we send out a free e-mail with the most important headlines of the last 24 hours.

Subscribe now

Categories: IT / Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Gemalto
Countries: World
::: add a comment

Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.


Related

UK intelligence targeted telecom operator staff – report

Published 08 Dec 2016 17:17 CET | World
The employees of telecom operators going up to company directors were targets of British intelligence organisation GCHQ ...

Privacy group challenges GCHQ hacking in European court

Published 08 Aug 2016 10:08 CET | Europe
Global privacy network Privacy International and five internet and communications service providers have filed an application ...

Gemalto launches multi-link network encryptor product

Published 30 Jun 2015 15:52 CET | World
Gemalto released its new SafeNet Multi-Link High Speed Encryptor (HSE) product that provides the equivalent of 10 by 10 Gbps ...

Gemalto says agencies could have spied on 2G communications

Published 25 Feb 2015 09:30 CET | World
Gemalto has completed its investigation into the alleged hacking of Sim card encryption keys by GCHQ and the NSA in 2010 and ...

Gemalto to announce in-house probe's results on 25 Feb

Published 23 Feb 2015 09:29 CET | World
Sim card maker Gemalto said it is pursuing its investigations following an article reporting that GCHQ and the NSA hacked Sim ...

Gemalto komt woensdag met verklaring over hack

Published 23 Feb 2015 09:08 CET | Belgium
Gemalto zal woensdag 25 februari een verklaring uitgeven met betrekking tot de hack die de Amerikaanse inlichtingendienst NSA en ...

Mogelijk ook Belgische operators slachtoffer hack Gemalto

Published 23 Feb 2015 08:58 CET | Belgium
De NSA en GCHQ zouden Gemalto gehackt hebben om mobiele communicatie in België af te luisteren. Zowel Proximus, Mobistar als Base ...

'NSA en GCHQ hadden via hack Gemalto toegang tot SIM's'

Published 20 Feb 2015 08:27 CET | World
[Update: reacties Vodafone en T-Mobile toegevoegd] De Amerikaanse inlichtingendienst NSA en diens Britse evenknie GCHQ hebben het ...

Gemalto launches anti-fraud m-banking platform in Japan

Published 19 Feb 2015 14:44 CET | Japan
Gemalto launched Ezio Mobile Out-of-Band Server, a mobile platform designed to protect Japanese people from "Ore-Ore" ("It's me, ...

UK court says GCHQ-NSA bulk intercept sharing was illegal

Published 08 Feb 2015 21:20 CET | United Kingdom
The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has found that the regime governing the sharing of bulk-intercepted electronic ...

US, UK to conduct joint cyber war games

Published 16 Jan 2015 09:31 CET | United States
British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will announce a rolling programme of transatlantic cyber war ...

Gemalto close to completing SafeNet acquisition - CEO

Published 15 Dec 2014 11:35 CET | United States
French smartcard and security group Gemalto is close to completing its USD 890 million acquisition of US data protection ...

NSA collects millions of SMS daily - report

Published 17 Jan 2014 09:45 CET | United Kingdom
The US National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract ...

UK intelligence service behind Belgacom cyber hit - report

Published 23 Sep 2013 09:07 CET | Belgium
The UK's GCHQ intelligence service was behind a cyber attack against Belgacom, Der Spiegel reported, citing documents from the ...

US, UK intelligence crack global encryption - report

Published 06 Sep 2013 10:12 CET | World
US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption used to protect personal data, ...

UK spy agency GCHQ 'worse' than US, says Snowden

Published 22 Jun 2013 11:15 CET | World
UK spy agency GCHQ has been running an extensive communications monitoring programme, codenamed Tempora, for 18 months, and its ...