Gemalto said the attacks “probably happened”, and aimed to intercept encryption codes that unlock mobile phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards while they were being shipped from its production facilities to mobile network operators worldwide.

US and British spies probably hacked into the world’s biggest maker of phone SIM cards in an attempt to steal codes that protect the privacy of billio(...)

GCHQ and the NSA allegedly obtained SIM card codes from a Dutch firm, new documents released to journalists by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Britain’s electronic spying agency and the US National Security Agency stole codes from a Dutch company allowing them to eavesdrop on mobile phones, d(...)

Without Edward Snowden’s leaks few knew grotesque violations of the everyday personal privacy of entire national populations were the norm

The large-scale interception and collection of the public’s personal communications data by the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) (...)

The Bank of England has produced a plan that will see intelligence about cybercrime discovered by British security agencies such as GCHQ in Cheltenham (above), being shared with institutions. Photograph: PA

Five masked men entered the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Tollcross in Edinburgh last month, brandishing weapons as they threatened staff and deman(...)

A piece of new graffiti street art, claimed to be by the secretive underground guerilla artist Banksy, which appeared on the side of a house in Cheltenham this weekend. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Mysterious street artist Banksy appears to have unveiled his latest creation — targeting the issue of British government surveillance. T(...)

 File image of GCHQ headquarters. Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency has secretly accessed fibre-optic cables carrying huge amounts of internet and communications data, according to documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has tapped fibre-optic cables that carry international phone and internet traffic and is sharing vast quantities of personal(...)

Social media serves up a special sort of security challenge, and one that is often still poorly recognised and understood by governments and la(...)