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U.S and British agents approaches into billions of phones

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FRANKFURT: American and British secret agents hacked into the internal computer network of the leading manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy policy such as- monitoring the calls, texts and emails of cell phone communications across the globe as reported by The intercept and Statewatch.

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The hack was planned by a joint operative team of National Security Agency (NSA) of America and its counterpart British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in 2010 and 2011 as revealed in 2015. Joint team have been access to core mobile networks such as: billing servers to suppress SMS billing, authentication servers to obtain K’s, Ki’s and OTA keys, sales staff machines for customer information and network engineers machines for network maps, and implanted several machines to access the entire network.

The company hacked by the team was Gemalto that is a multinational firm incorporated in the Netherlands that makes the chips used in mobile phones and next generation credit cards. Now the intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments.

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However, Gemalto has also released a report on the current issue and said,  “We take this publication very seriously and will devote all resources necessary to fully investigate and understand the scope of such sophisticated techniques.”

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