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Latest Exploitation of SS7 Network – Next Generation of Location Tracking Attacks


AdaptiveMobile finds evidence of sophisticated location tracking platforms exploiting the SS7 network

DUBLIN and DALLAS, 18 February 2016 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, announced today it has evidence of sophisticated location tracking platforms exploiting the SS7 network. In new research to be released at Mobile World Congress, 2016, AdaptiveMobile will share detailed evidence of next-generation location tracking platforms exploiting the SS7 network, using global tracking platforms to determine the near-exact location of specific subscribers.

“Attackers are now using increasingly sophisticated approaches in their attempts to track subscribers through the SS7 network,” said Brian Collins, chief executive officer of AdaptiveMobile. “The level of complexity detected through global tracking platforms should be of concern to operator networks who do not have sufficiently sophisticated controls in place to protect their subscribers.”

AdaptiveMobile has been working with operator networks around the globe to analyse their SS7 network data since launching its SS7 Protection in February of 2015. The Company has identified increasing cases of information harvesting, subscriber data collection and location tracking, and is now sharing evidence of multiple examples of location tracking platforms – based in countries around the world.

“Through our research we have detected location tracking platforms that are using more sophisticated packet combinations, multiple origination points and a range of attack possibilities to track the location of specific subscribers,” explains Cathal Mc Daid, chief intelligence officer of AdaptiveMobile and head of the Company’s Threat Intelligence Unit. “In one case we found evidence of a global SS7 monitoring platform executing near-simultaneous surveillance attacks from many countries in four different continents over a timespan of two minutes and twenty seconds in an attempt to track one specific subscriber.”

Sitting at the heart of more than 75 operator networks worldwide, AdaptiveMobile protects one-fifth of the world’s subscribers and is uniquely placed to identify, protect and remediate against the widest range of threats attacking mobile networks. Nominated for ‘Best Mobile Security or Anti-Fraud Product’ at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the Company’s SS7 Protection uses a tiered approach to identify and protect against emerging threats.

To learn more about the next-generation location tracking attacks detected, visit AdaptiveMobile at Mobile World Congress, Hall 2, 2B28MR from February 22nd to February 25th.


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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