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Gemalto Hack Takes US, UK Spy Agencies Criminality to ‘Entirely New Level’

© Flickr / MIKI YoshihitoAmerican and British intelligence hacked the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world.
American and British intelligence hacked the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world. - Sputnik International
The US Congress and the UK Parliament have to intervene and rein in the spying agencies, as trust in electronic communications is likely to vanish completely.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest - Sputnik International
US Government-Private Sector Coordination Possible Despite SIM Card Hack
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The recent disclosure by the online publication The Intercept that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) stole encryption keys from the world’s largest SIM card producer Gemalto, takes their criminal violations to a completely new level, experts told Sputnik.

"This action takes the criminality of the spy agencies to an entirely new level,” London School of Economics data protection and internet rights experts Simon Davies told Sputnik on Friday. “The theft of encryption keys on such a huge scale exposes the agency [GCHQ] to a claim that it breached the Computer Misuse Act.”

Davies argued that the US Congress and the UK Parliament have to intervene to rein in the spying agencies.

“The agencies are clearly out of control. Oversight of their activities has failed almost entirely to bring them within the rule of law. If action is not taken soon, trust in electronic communications will vanish entirely,” he said.

Turns out, SIM card producer Gemalto has experienced numerous hacking attempts against their system in the past. - Sputnik International
Gemalto SIM Card Producer Reports Many Hack Attempts ‘Over the Years’
he White House considers the ability to decrypt communications as necessary to prevent future terror attacks, Chicago-Kent College of Law Legal Fellow Adam Rouse told Sputnik.

“Sadly, the US Constitution does little to help all of the non-US citizens in the world who used phones with these potentially compromised chips,” Rouse said.

Rouse added that NSA’s and GCHQ’s desire to decrypt various communications clashes with the basic notions of privacy and freedom from government intrusion. “The indiscriminate ability for any government to monitor communications around the globe is an affront to basic privacy rights,” he said.

American and British intelligence hacked the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world. - Sputnik International
Snowden Docs: NSA, GCHQ Hacked Largest SIM Maker to Monitor Your Cellphone
On Thursday, the online publication The Intercept reported that a joint unit of GCHQ and NSA hacked SIM card encryption keys engraved by an international SIM card producer Gemalto and possibly other SIM cards vendors in 2010 and 2011.

The details of the breach were discovered in a secret 2010 GCHQ document given to The Intercept by former NSA-contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden’s leak of classified documents revealed that the NSA runs massive surveillance programs without a warrant, and searches through databases for private information about US citizens, foreigners and leaders of allied countries.


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