Gemalto in SIM-Scandal: the NSA Did Not Get as Many Keys

After an internal investigation at Gemalto, they concluded that there was a breach, but that it was not as bad as first thought.

In the wake of the information about stolen encryption keys from the company Gemalto, they have conducted an internal investigation that a few days ago ended with an official explanation. The hops in the story was that leaked documents from Edward Snowden, demonstrated to us the NSA and GCHQ uk through a co-ordinated attack had stolen millions of encryption keys from the Dutch company-a burglar who got quite a lot of attention because the two intelligence services therefore had the ability to decrypt data from millions of SIM cards.

Gemalto admits that back in 2010/2011 seemed a sophisticated intrusions, with the aim of stealing encryption keys. The attack was a combination of phishing attacks and decidedly network monitoring-as well as repeated attempts to get in on the employees’ computers.

However, believe that these attacks could not Gemalto have led a massive advantage of encryption keys.Among other things, because in 2010 began to use a secure framework to distribute keys and it only “in rare circumstances” were vulnerable.

Gemalto points out to Edward Snowden was wrong on other points, among other things by saying that Gemalto delivered SIM cards for operators as they actually do not do business with, and to Gemalto operated in countries which they do not. Eventually tells Gemalto, that if the NSA and GCHQ had gotten hold of some keys, they would only be able to use them for something in the 2 g network which was significantly more prevalent at that time. 3 g and 4 g networks “are not vulnerable to this type of attack” narrated there.

One might well expect that only a company with so much to lose, playing down the extent of the devastation. But regardless of what the full truth is, will I continue to point out that in so far as possible, while trying to encrypt its calls and text messages using the third-party applications.