Whistleblower leaked info about how UK and US agencies gained access to billions of cellphones

Edward Snowden who is a former NSA contractor leaked some really disturbing documents on Thursday. Edward Snowden bring to light how the USA and UK spy agencies hacked into the internal networks of the world’s largest mobile SIM card manufacturer and stole encryption keys used to protect individuals’ communications data.

The Intercept reported on Friday that top-secret documents provided to it by Snowden indicated that a joint unit comprised of operatives from the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had hacked into the internal systems of global Netherlands-headquartered SIM card manufacturer Gemalto.

Gemalto is one of the world’s largest Sim manufacturer and more than 85 countries and approx 1.5 million people use the Sim’s manufactured by Gemalto. By this breach both these agencies are now have an access to all the users of Gemalto. This act has clearly  violated all the international laws.

The yearly production of Gemalto is around 2 Billion sim cards and the comany has some of the high profile clients like AT&T, Sprint,T-Mobile,Verizon. The company supplies sims to more than 450 carriers all over the world.

Now both these agencies are now watching these billions of Sim’s without any approval of telecom companies or that countries government. Violation of users privacy seems a small breach after knowing these things.  The users can use an extra layer of encryption if they want to stop these agencies form gaining access to any communication made from their devices.

There has been a debate going on from a long time that phones are not secured anymore. These revelations had backed up the argument that the mobile phone security should not be trusted. This problem is not going to be solved anytime soon, unless these agencies will stop keeping an eye on you which is something not possible.

These agencies took this as a counter terrorism step. They will now keep and eye on those countries users too whose governments are not cooperative with these agencies. But none the less the international rules has been breached, and this story has been just started. Lets see what these agencies defend themselves after these leaked documents. 

 

Ehacking Staff
With more than 50 global partners, we are proud to count the world’s leading cybersecurity training provider. EH Academy is the brainchild of Ehacking, which has been involved in the field of training since the past Five years and continues to help in creating professional IT experts.

Most Popular

How to Exploit Heartbleed using Metasploit in Kali Linux

Heartbleed vulnerability (registered as CVE-2014-0160) is a security bug present in the older version of OpenSSL cryptographic library. OpenSSL is a cryptographic toolkit used...

How to Install Parrot Security OS on VirtualBox in 2020

Parrot Security OS is a free GNU/LINUX distribution, released on 10th April 2013. It is a mixture of Kali Linux and Frozenbox OS, aims to...

How to Install Kali Linux on VirtualBox [Windows Host] in 2020

Kali Linux is a Debian based Linux distribution, released on the 13th March 2013 as a complete rebuild of BackTrack Linux. It is one of...

Acunetix v13 Release Introduces Groundbreaking Innovations

The newest release of the Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner further improves performance and premieres best-of-breed technologies London, United Kingdom – February 5, 2019 – Acunetix,...