In what will surely go down as one of the biggest breaches of public privacy by government agents, Edward Snowden has reportedly leaked top secret documents showing that US and British intelligence agencies hacked the world’s biggest SIM card manufacturer and captured the encryption keys that allowed them to gain unhindered and untraceable access to BILLIONS of cellphones around the world…intercepting both voice calls and data communication.
Massive international spying row on the cards.
“The National Security Agency (NSA) and its British equivalent GCHQ hacked into Gemalto, a Netherlands sim card manufacturer, stealing encryption keys that allowed them to secretly monitor both voice calls and data, according to documents newly released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The breach, revealed in documents provided to The Intercept, gave the agencies the power to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, which experts said violated international laws.” [The Guardian]
“With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. [The Intercept]
Now you know.