Gemalto is famous all over the world because of its prosperous activity of producing SIM cards that are being sold to various important companies of the business. Unfortunately, success has its negative side: some of the encryption keys have been stolen not so long time ago by the NSA and GCHQ spying agents coming from the UK and the US.
An announcement that came out on the 25th of February, Wednesday morning, informed the users that the network of Gemalto has actually been hacked, but that this isn’t the cause of the immense theft of the keys that were being used to secret all the conversation, messages and data traffic. This conclusion has been reached after a deep and complete investigation made by professionals and a press conference will be taking place in Paris, for further information regarding all the controversy that has appeared.
The Gemalto company has made a public and detailed statement saying that the investigation into the methods of intrusion described in the document and the cosmopolitan, refined attacks that the company has detected in 2010 and 2011 give them reasonable grounds to believe that the operation that happened belongs to the NSA and GCHQ. The various attacks against Gemalto only ruptured its office networks and could not have lead to such a gigantic theft of SIM encryption keys. This particular conclusion is based on a personal investigation that begun in the 19th of February, when a report has been publicized in The Intercept, talking about the documents that leaked to it by Edward Snowden.
Details in the article prove that in 2010, the two agencies have united their forces with the purpose of planning some operations together. This union has lead to the compromise that the encryption keys have suffered and that have been allowing access to voice and data communication since the conjunction. Hundreds of millions of people all around the world who used mobile phones at the time have suffered because of the intentions that the two companies have had.
However, the company has stated that nothing bad happened to their other products.
“None of our other products were impacted by this attack.”
On the other hand, Gemalto believes that the NSA and GCHQ operation had the intention of interception those keys in the process of being exchanged between the mobile operators and the suppliers worldwide, but by the time their joint has taken place, Gemalto had already “widely deployed a secure transfer system with its customers and only rare exceptions to this scheme could have led to theft”.
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