The Dutch Sim card maker at the centre of NSA-GCHQ hacking claims has said it believes that the US and UK cyberspy agencies did indeed launch attacks on its computer systems.
However, Gemalto denied that billions of mobile device encryption keys could have been stolen as a result.
The Intercept alleged last week that spies had obtained the “potential to secretly monitor” voice and data transmissions after hacking the firm.
Gemalto operates in 85 countries.
Its clients include AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint among more than 400 wireless network providers across the world.
As you probably got from the tenor of my tweets, I was intensely dismayed reading your reporting on the ring of peace in Oslo today.
Where I’m coming from: I was there, so were roughly a hundred representatives of the media, members of Parliament and ministers of government, Jews, Muslims and ethnic Norwegians. The whole seance was also live-streamed nationally at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation website, as well as that of several other major news outlets. So when I say your piece is more or less one long factual error, I speak both from personal experience and extensive reporting done by the Norwegian and international media.
Lets enumerate your errors.
According to a local eyewitness, only about 20 or so Muslims formed the “ring of peace” around the Oslo synagogue.
First off, no, the ring itself was made up of somewhat more than twenty. But more to the point: there were many, many more muslims in attendance. Your whole piece was clearly trying to convey the sense that this was not a mass event, that Muslims were not engaged by this event. This is not true. Some muslims were in the front line, the «ring of peace», most were scattered throughout the crowd. The scene was in my estimation, from my vantage point at the top of the street, overlooking the rest of the assembly, that there was a roughly 40/60 % ethnic Norwegians to non-ethnic Norwegian spread. Based on my own estimation of about 1.800 or more people there (I suspect the police count of 1.300 may be a bit low, but I could be wrong), that puts the number of Muslims in the several hundred. So either your «local eyewitness» is grossly distorting the facts, or you are not reporting them clearly. When you claim this as a «hoax» you are generating images of malicious intent rather than of the minor mixup in the reporting this is. And of all the reporting done on this meeting, while factually shoddy, yours was clearly the furthest from the truth, so I wouldn’t be throwing around accusations of hoaxery.
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The government and rebels in eastern Ukraine have agreed to start pulling back heavy weapons from the frontline.
A Russian general involved in the process said work would start on Sunday but actual withdrawal is not expected to get under way until Tuesday.
The agreement between pro-Russian rebel leaders and Ukrainian forces is part of the terms of the Minsk ceasefire deal.
The process will not be completed until at least 8 March, five days later than the deadline set in Minsk.
Another key element of the Minsk deal moved forward on Saturday when the Ukrainian government and the rebels exchanged 191 prisoners.
The eurozone economy perked up again this month, a private sector report showed on Friday, powered by continuing strength in Germany and surprisingly strong growth in France.
Purchasing managers across the eurozone, the 19-nation currency union, reported increased backlogs of work and an improvement in demand, leading companies to add workers at the fastest pace since August 2011, according to a survey by Markit Economics, a data analysis firm in London.
Markit’s composite output index for the eurozone came in at 53.5 for February, up from 52.6 in January. A number above 50 signals that the economy is expanding, while a figure below that suggests contraction. The purchasing managers’ data is thought by economists to provide one of the best snapshots of the economy.
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a “real and present danger” to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Thursday and said NATO is getting ready to repel any possible aggression.
Fallon, whose remarks were published as Britain said it had scrambled jets to see off Russian Bear bombers, said Putin could launch a campaign of undercover tactics to try to destabilize the three former Soviet republics, now on NATO’s eastern flank.
“I’m worried about Putin,” Fallon told the Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers, saying there was “a very real and present danger” Russia would seek to replicate the tactics it used to unsettle eastern Ukraine and Crimea in the Baltics.
“I’m worried about his pressure on the Baltics, the way he is testing NATO. NATO has to be ready for any kind of aggression from Russia whatever form it takes. NATO is getting ready,” he said.
Government forces and pro-Russian separatists said they would not carry out an agreement to pull back heavy guns in east Ukraine on Tuesday, pushing a shaky peace deal closer to collapse.
Fighting has eased in many areas since a ceasefire came into force on Sunday, but the rebels have refused to halt attacks on a town where Ukrainian forces are encircled and Kiev says it will not pull back its big guns until the truce holds.
Monitors from the OSCE security group were expected to try to reach the besieged town, Debaltseve, after Germany said it had agreed steps with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine to ensure the observers had “free access” in the east.
A government-held town in east Ukraine sandwiched between two rebel-controlled areas came under heavy shelling on Monday, a day after the start of a ceasefire that Russian-backed separatists say does not apply there.
A Kiev military source said four Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and 21 wounded since the internationally negotiated ceasefire came into force on Sunday.
A Reuters correspondent at Vuhlehirsk, about 10 km (6 miles) to the west of Debaltseve, a government-held railway junction town that has been the focus of most of the fighting in recent weeks, heard heavy shelling, with blasts around every 10 seconds.
The 16-hour talks went on through the night, between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A previous Minsk ceasefire deal collapsed within days of its signing on 5 September. And there was heavy fighting just hours before this one, between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels controlling a big swathe of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Here are the key points of the new plan (as released in Russian):
1. Immediate and full bilateral ceasefire
To take effect in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, from 00:00 local time on 15 February (22:00 GMT on 14 February).
An estimated 300 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after three rubber boats carrying refugees from North Africa to the Italian island of Lampedusa were reported missing, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
UN officials confirmed the “tragedy on an enormous scale” after interviewing the nine survivors rescued by the Italian Coast Guard on Wednesday morning.
A new cease-fire and an overall compact to end the war in eastern Ukraine was announced here on Thursday by the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine after marathon overnight bargaining that threatened to derail the attempt. Even as the agreement was announced, it appeared fragile, with officials on all sides saying that there was more work to be done.
The cease-fire is scheduled to take effect on midnight Saturday, but the fact that the leaders used three separate news conferences to announce the accord suggested a lack of unity. Still, after such a concentrated effort, all the leaders chose to accent the idea that there was at least a chance that the yearlong war could be quieted.
The negotiations “consisted of a long night and a long morning, but we have arrived at an accord on a cease-fire and a global end to the conflict,” President François Hollande of France said. “It is a relief for Europe.”