US and UK accused of Hacking SIM Card Firm to Steal Codes

US and British intelligence agencies hacked into a major manufacturer of SIM cards in order to steal codes that facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a US news website says. If you or I did that, we would be sent to jail. But, hey, these are government employees, right? They do not have to obey the laws that the rest of us must obey.

The Intercept says that “the great SIM heist” gave US and British surveillance agencies “the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.

It says that among the clients of the Netherlands-based company are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and “some 450 wireless network providers around the world”.

You can read more in the BBC News web site at http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31545050.

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