A carrier from Japan reports a SIM hackThe most important carrier in Japan, NTT DoCoMo Inc states that it is pursuing an investigation about the fact that its customers were troubled by a reported hack of a key mobile phone element offered by Gemalto NV.
A news website called The Intercept announced the fact that the US National Security Agency and Britain`s Government Communications Headquarters hacked into Gemalto`s systems in order to get some encryption keys that could offer security access towards settings of multiple mobile phones.
The Japanese carrier started using SIM cards manufactured by Gemalto in 2001.
The Subscriber identity module, SIM, represents a chip that goes as an electronic ID for the mobile phone. It is the one that distinguishes a phone from others for the mobile network operator.
It is known that Gemalto is a competitor of various European and Chinese SIM card providers. It offers around 2 billion SIM cards a year and among its customers we can identify Verizon and Vodafone.