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AdaptiveMobile finds SS7 network abuse in every continent

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AdaptiveMobile finds evidence of the real damage of global SS7 attacks

SS7 network abuse seen in every continent, including the location tracking of mobile subscribers

DUBLIN AND DALLAS, October 15, 2015 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today announced that it has evidence of the damage SS7 attacks are causing operator networks around the globe. In new research to be presented at a webinar on October 20th, Cathal Mc Daid, Head of AdaptiveMobile’s Threat Intelligence Unit will share evidence of exploitation of an individual’s privacy including location tracking and fraud focusing on Europe, Middle East and the Americas, and will analyse recent call interception attacks worldwide.

“We knew these vulnerabilities were possible, and through the work of our world-leading Threat Intelligence Unit, we now have proof of exploitations happening all over the world,” said Brian Collins, chief executive officer of AdaptiveMobile. “Operator networks need to understand the level of threat they are facing so they can remain the trusted provider to their customers.”

Since launching its SS7 Protection in February 2015, the Company has partnered with operator networks worldwide to analyse and secure the SS7 traffic travelling through their networks. There are consistent levels of danger within operator networks across the world and unauthorised access to the SS7 network can cause significant financial and reputational damage to the operator community. Fraudulent roaming configurations can cost operators millions of dollars without any opportunity to recapture this revenue. Without appropriate preventions put into place, operators are allowing adversaries to know exactly where a subscriber is at any given moment and to intercept and reroute device communications, listening to every call and reading every text message. The financial and reputational risks that operators are putting themselves under is unnecessary and needs to be addressed.

“Through our analysis of SS7 traffic we’ve detected numerous types of SS7 requests and responses being received and sent from one operator network to another,” said Cathal Mc Daid, Head of AdaptiveMobile’s Threat Intelligence Unit. “From the Americas to MENA, Europe to APAC, the operator networks analysed have all shown evidence of suspicious SS7 activity. We’re working with operators to secure their networks as none are exempt from these types of attacks.”

Sitting at the heart of more than 75 operator networks worldwide, AdaptiveMobile protects one-fifth of the world’s subscribers, witnessing in excess of 30 billion mobile events every day from across the globe and is uniquely placed to identify, protect and remediate against the widest range of threats attacking mobile networks. Approaching the SS7 vulnerabilities with a tiered approach, the Company uses a comprehensive SS7 Firewall, advanced reporting and the knowledge of its industry-leading Threat Intelligence Unit to identify and combat against emerging threats.

Mc Daid will present his findings from the Company’s Threat Intelligence Unit through a global webinar on October 20th. To register for AdaptiveMobile’s webinar, visit: http://marketing.telecoms.com/q/1cHduTA7Xkl8/wv

About AdaptiveMobile:
AdaptiveMobile is the world leader in mobile network security protecting over one billion subscribers worldwide and the only mobile security company offering products designed to protect all services on both fixed and mobile networks through in-network and cloud solutions. With deep expertise and a unique focus on network-to-handset security, AdaptiveMobile’s award-winning security solutions provide its customers with advanced threat detection and actionable intelligence, combined with the most comprehensive mobile security products available on the market today. AdaptiveMobile’s sophisticated, revenue-generating, security-as-a-service portfolio empowers consumers and enterprises alike to take greater control of their own security.

AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2004 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The Company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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