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Gemalto on SIM card encryption issues: Case closed, job done

If you were following the SIM card encryption key news stories buzzing around, you’ll have recognised that industry heavyweight, Gemalto, was mentioned quite a bit. They’ve done their analysis and published their findings — and it makes excellent reading. Here are the key bullet points: The investigation into the intrusion methods described in the document and the sophisticated […]

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Gemalto’s encryption key challenges: Have a read of this…

You’ll no doubt have heard about the apparent hacking of Gemalto’s SIM card encryption keys and the ramifications of that for one’s mobile security. If you’d like to read an in-depth post on the issue, I highly recommend this one from The Intercept. It’s long. Very long. Worth getting a coffee, a croissant and digging […]

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Confidence restored: I’m back on the wagon thanks to Pret #GemaltoNFC

I had a bit of an NFC wobble last night. The problems at Marks & Spencer and then again at WH Smiths in Waterloo really took quite a toll on my confidence in the technology. I was nigh on utterly despondent last night. It was so depressing having to bring out my credit card to […]

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Day 2 of the Contactless Challenge: Success, finally in Marks & Spencer #GemaltoNFC

I wanted to bring you up to date with yesterday’s contactless shenanigans. It was quite a stressful day. I had to really work hard to get the contactless to work in Marks & Spencer in the morning. I managed to successfully buy some postcards and then a load of goodies for the team in Richmond. […]

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Contactless at Odeon: A self-made disaster! #GemaltoNFC

I didn’t have a good evening last night when it came to contactless. Oh no. Not good at all. If you’d like to see me look a total fool, I won’t spoil the details by describing what happened. Instead, I’ll let you experience it “live” as I did. The background is simple: I intended going […]

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner thanks to contactless payments #GemaltoNFC

One of the key tasks set by the Gemalto team for the Contactless Challenge is to exist for a day using only Contactless. In practice, the Gemalto team qualified this to mean (something like) buying breakfast, lunch and dinner using just the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Yes it’s possible — but what are the practicalities? I […]

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My very first Galaxy SIII contactless experience at Timpson #GemaltoNFC

This morning I hadn’t experienced the ‘beep’ and the brief elation that comes with tapping your phone on or near a credit card payment terminal. But by midday I was rocking. I started out at Timpson, the shoe repair people. I needed to buy some shoelaces and thought this would be a reasonably safe place […]

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Contactless Challenge: All the videos from Day 1 #GemaltoNFC

What a day! It’s been quite an experience. The technology was both fantastic and (at times) rather frustrating. For those of you who weren’t able to follow it all ‘live’ (or, as ‘live’ as Vodafone’s utterly poor Richmond signal would allow), here’s the playlist. Watch them all in sequence and see what you think…

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#GemaltoNFC: My plans for the Contactless Challenge today

The MIR audience is brilliant. You’re all stars. James Body of Truphone in particular — he tweeted me this morning suggesting that I take a look at shoe-repair and photography chain, Timpson: @ew4n @mobileindustry How is the #GemaltoNFC Challenge going? There are only so many burgers that you can eat – Hurrah for Timsons ! […]

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Educating the barman at The Refinery on contactless thanks to #GemaltoNFC

The other day I had cause to be in Southwark. I had a meeting taking place near The Refinery bar and restaurant. I had a few minutes spare and popped in there to get a coke and check my email. At the bar I noticed the machine was contactless compatible. Cue #GemaltoNFC challenge! In readiness […]

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Video: Gemalto’s Ken Abbott introduces the Contactless Challenge

Here’s a video I shot recently of Ken Abbott, Head of Web Communications for Gemalto, telling us about the upcoming Contactless Challenge that I’ve agreed to participate in. You can find out more information on my previous post and on Gemalto’s blog. Standby for more news soon!

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Gemalto’s Contactless Challenge: I’m competing to win!

Gemalto is a world leader in digital security. Last year they did €2+ billion in revenue with well over 10,000 employees across 43 countries. They’re perhaps best known in the mobile world as the people who make SIM cards — but that is most definitely not where it stops. Did you know, for instance, that […]