Diameter Attacks Detected, Claims AdaptiveMobile

In a press release issued last week, network security experts AdaptiveMobile claimed to be the first business to have demonstrably detected attacks performed using the Diameter signaling protocol. The announcement stated that AdaptiveMobile…

…performed analysis of international Diameter traffic from ten operators’ networks worldwide and found suspicious activity within them. The research conducted analysed Diameter traffic travelling to and from more than 80 countries across five continents and detected a range of malicious activity, from simple to complex, over Diameter networks, affecting both mobile subscribers and mobile networks.

Given the concerns currently being raised about SS7 vulnerabilities, AdaptiveMobile may find themselves able to exploit fears that the hardening of defenses surrounding SS7 may lead protagonists to focus more effort on exploiting weaknesses with Diameter.

AdaptiveMobile shared plenty of other news last week. They announced they have enrolled three customers for what they describe as “the world’s first global signalling intelligence and analytics cloud service”. They also trumpeted a deal with an unnamed African group, saying it would result in AdaptiveMobile’s Messaging Revenue Assurance product being used in 10 more business units.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.

Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.

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