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Feb 23, 2015

Gemalto SIM Card Maker Promises to Investigate Claims of NSA Hacking

It looks like the Gemalto, the biggest mobile chip maker in the word, has been the victim of a hack by N.S.A. and British spy agencies back in 2010.

The information has been reported by investigative online publication The Intercept and comes directly from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Following the report that claims NSA and GCHQ spy agencies manage to hack Gemalto for millions of SIM card encryption keys since 2010, the company issued an official statement: “We cannot at this early stage verify the findings of the publication and had no prior knowledge that these agencies were conducting this operation.”

The company further states that the the Gemalto is taking the “publication very seriously and will devote all resources necessary to fully investigate and understand the scope of such sophisticated techniques.” How long this will take and whether or not Gemalto will make the results known is unclear, but the report published last week seriously affected the company. Immediately after The Intercept's news about the hack went online, Gemalto's shares dropped by 7.5% on Friday afternoon. We'll be keeping an eye out for any additional details on this matter and will continue to report on the results of the investigation, so stay tuned for more info.

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