Big Brother

GCHQ does whatever the fuck it wants

According to the latest Snowden documents, it seems that GCHQ have stolen the master encryption keys for a large chunk of the world’s SIM cards. This essentially means that they can decrypt more or less any phone call content, text message etc. Your phone is not private.

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, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.

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