In the midst of the Superfish furor, a new Snowden bombshell dropped Thursday. A joint team comprised of U.S. NSA and U.K GCHQ agents have hacked into the computer network of Gemalto, the world’s biggest maker of smartphone SIM cards, and swiped the encryption keys for those cards. And they’ve been inside Gemalto’s network for years, as the Snowden slide was from 2010.
With those keys, government agents would be able to monitor mobile communications without warrants, wire taps, or approval from foreign governments or carriers. They can listen to almost anything without outside permission, essentially. Roughly 450 mobile carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint, use Gemalto’s SIM cards.