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The NSA tried to hack your SIM card but got stuffed

A few years ago, the NSA tried to hack into the largest SIM card producer in the world in order to steal encryption codes that could have let it access SIM cards in use around the world.

SIM cards are tiny little cards that identity for your gadget to your service provider. SIM card manufacturer Gemalto is saying that the NSA and the British spy agency GCHQ worked together to try and hack into its network and steal encryption codes in 2010 and 2011. But, it looks like the agencies didn't come away with what they wanted.

Gemalto released on Wednesday the results of an internal investigation after media reports last week claimed the NSA and its U.K. counterpart hacked into the company to get hold of encryption keys that allowed access to SIM cards around the globe.

Gemalto is the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world. It creates cards used by Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and roughly 450 other cell carriers around the world. If the NSA pulled off the hack successfully, it could have potentially accessed tons of gadget activity all over the world.

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