Last week, Gemalto announced that it was investigating the hack wherein NSA and Britain GCHQ had allegedly stole SIM card encryption keys. Today, the world s largest SIM card manufacturer has revealed that initial investigations show its products are secure. Also Read - Hackers are successfully attacking Gmail, Yahoo Mail and ProtonMail by beating two-factor authenticationAlso Read - Gemalto issues public apology for Aadhaar data breach report
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Initial conclusions already indicate that Gemalto SIM products (as well as banking cards, passports and other products and platforms) are secure and the Company doesn’t expect to endure a significant financial prejudice.
The SIM card manufacturer has scheduled a press conference on Wednesday where it will unveil the full findings of its investigations.
As mentioned above, last week a report by The Intercept claimed that NSA and Britain s GCHQ conducted joint operations to hack Gemalto and steal its encryption keys. Details of the operation were revealed in a bunch of documents released by whistle blower Edward Snowden.
The agencies reportedly managed to harvest encryption keys burnt on SIM cards that are used to authenticate them on cellular networks. These keys enable the spy agencies to gather surveillance data from cellular networks and decrypt any conversation both voice and data at their leisure.