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The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, …Read More

The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco

When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies. It was in the summer of 2012 that the anomalies were initially detected by employees at Belgium’s largest telecommunications provider, Belgacom. But it …Read More

GCHQ launches Cryptoy mobile app to teach cryptography

Cryptoy is the free educational app about cryptography designed by GCHQ for use by secondary school students and their teachers. The British Intelligence agency GCHQ has launched “Cryptoy”, an Android mobile app that was designed to encourage youngsters to tackle emerging cyber security threats, the Agency made it available to download today. The Cryptoy mobile app was developed by STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students on an industrial year placement at GCHQ and …Read More