The BBCNews announced that both the UK and US hacked into a Dutch company, Gemalto, a major international Sim card production company, to get codes to eavesdrop on people's phones without permission. Once you have the codes you can access info that is encrypted with the Sims cards, including conversations and text messages. Other types of communications use other systems. The UK's national security agency, GCHQ, says it acted within the law. No comment from the NSA. Privacy rights advocates disagree. Among Gemalto's clients are "AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and "some 450 wireless network providers around the world". Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31545050 Even though other types of communication are not yet announced as being hacked, you have to believe they will be if they haven't been already.
Today the BBCNews reported that Gemalto is positive both the US and UK hacked into it, but denies that codes were retrieved and personal messages were accessed. This is a denial so reminiscent of denials by other major companies that have been hacked that it leaves me highly skeptical to say the least. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31619907