Just in case you were wondering, Gemalto happens to be a SIM card manufacturer of note – after all, they happen to churn out more than a couple of billion SIM cards each year, and happens to also serve all of the four major US carriers, not to mention a slew of other mobile service providers worldwide. Having said that, Gemalto did issue a statement which you can read right after the jump concerning the hack by the American NSA and the British GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) as an effort to steal encryption keys – all the way back in 2010. Gemalto claims that their SIM cards remain secure after the huge security breach, which should bring about a sigh of relief to many.
Gemalto’s statement goes like this :-
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is devoting the necessary resources to investigate and understand the scope of such sophisticated techniques. Initial conclusions already indicate that Gemalto SIM products (as well as banking cards, passports and other products and platforms) are secure and the Company doesn’t expect to endure a significant financial prejudice.
While Gemalto is working to announce the results of its investigations this coming Wednesday, February 25th, it is nice to know that Gemalto has got our backs in terms of security – at least for now. [Press Release]
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