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[FYI] GSM Crypto Weakness


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January 23 2000 


French spies listen in to British calls  

James Clark, Home Affairs Correspondent FRENCH intelligence is 
intercepting British businessmen's calls after investing millions in 
satellite technology for its listening stations.  

The French government upgraded signals intelligence last year. Now 
secret service elements are using it to tap into commercial secrets. 
At least eight centres, scattered across France, are being "aimed" at 
British defence firms, petroleum companies and other commercial 

Eavesdroppers can "pluck" GSM digital mobile phone signals from the 
air by targeting individual numbers or sweeping sets of numbers. 
Targets have included executives at British Aerospace, British 
Petroleum and British Airways, according to French sources.  


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