NSA and GCHQ are to have stolen encipher codes for cell phones SIM cards on a large scale.

Secret services infiltrate SIM and credit cards - Comment on 2015 February 20

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The NSA and the British secret service GCHQ have obviously stolen the codes of SIM card producer. Read more:

Extracts from reports from today:

 

Listening in to conversations made easy Snowden paper: NSA stole SIM card key

NSA and GCHQ are to have stolen encipher codes for cell phones SIM cards on a large scale.

The newest Snowden paper can confidently call into question all cell phone nets: American and British spies are to have seized codes for SIM cards. They simply made the conversations interceptable.

The USA authority NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ have according to the newest Snowden disclosures stolen codes for cell phone SIM cards on a large scale. According to secrete records from the year 2010 aim was taken at card producer Gemalto, as the disclosure website "The Intercept" reported on Thursday. The keys to the SIM cards, gained as booty with hacker methods, made it possible to control unobtrusively the communication of users.

Gemalto, producer of about two billion SIM cards a year, showed itself very worried. Now it is most important to understand how the attack could happen to prevent a repetition, said Gemalto manager Paul Beverly to "The Intercept".

The exact dimensions of the data theft is up to now unclear. In a paper it is only about a time of three months in the year 2010 in which millions of keys were taken as booty. As it is said a way was found to intercept the codes on the way between SIM producer and network operators. A broadly laid out surveillance of communication of co-workers of the SIM card producers obviously also played a role thereby.

With the keys, which are stored on the SIM cards, it should however be quite simple to listen in to cell phone conversation without a judicial decision. For example a surveillance person can pretend to be part of net infrastructure. That NSA and GCHQ can obtain telephone conversations and other communications on a large scale was already known. A theft of SIM card codes would be a further explanation of these abilities.

The codes were originally developed to identify a telephone for example for purposes of clear settlement of account in the net. The producers emphasize repeatedly that the SIM card is a protected place and also build up additional services on it.

The website "The Intercept" interpreted the records, which the informer Edward Snowden downloaded with the NSA. In June 2013 he handed over the files to the journalists around Glenn Greenwald; since then they are published in titbits.

The actual presented records reveal that the two secret services also aim at further SIM producers. Whether they were successful, one does not hear. One of the leading Gemalto competitors is Giesecke & Devrient from Germany.

 

Secret services infiltrated SIM and credit cards

The British secret service GCHQ and the US American NSA have already years ago tricked out the safety arrangements of the chip producers. Therefore SIM cards, electronic passports, credit and debit cards, electronic door openers, TAN generators and so on are unsafe.

The services can for example simply read mobile transmissions or decode them retrospectively.

The best locks do not help when the burglar has the key.

Data of the producer Gemalto in the Netherlands were aimed at. The firm produces SIM cards, which are used cell phones and credit cards. One of the three global headquarters of Gemalto are in Austin in Texas, the others in Singapore and France.

 

Secret services crack chips of mobile phones

The NSA and the British secret service GCHQ have obviously stolen the codes of SIM card producer.

 

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