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    Ability ULIN Insights

    Perhaps you're in the private sector or maybe you're working for government. You're talking with folks on your mobile about a multi-hundred million dollar, share price sensitive investment for your company, or maybe you're discussing a critical national security matter while travelling abroad on government business.
     

    Consider then the latest Israeli mobile interception system on the market since November 2015 called ULIN from Ability Inc. ULIN doesn't need to be in the vicinity of intercepted targets (unlike tactical interception systems such as IMSI catchers), it requires only the mobile device's phone number or IMSI to start the interception, it detects dialling and dialled phone numbers and it provides the location of participating mobile phones. ULIN is a strategic interception system providing remote recording and geolocation of mobile handsets using 2G/3G/4G networks via SS7.

     

    An adversary of your company or your government can now buy ULIN for its own use from Ability Inc, and a range of Ability's other interception systems too. The core system is a dynamic SS7 gateway, connects seamlessly to mobile network multi-capability functional nodes: HLR, MSC/VLR, SMSC/FDA, SGSN and GGSN, plus with the system you can:
     

    • Target locations around the world on a Country/network/LAC/cell ID level;
       

    • Record target calls (originated and received); and
       

    • Obtain target SMS text messages (sent and received).
       

    So going back to your phone call scenario - how are you going to protect your corporate or government interests against interception from systems such as Ability's ULIN or Verint's Skylock? Buying these systems for your own use against targets won't do anything to prevent the same systems being purchased by your adversaries and used against you.

     

    What do you do if you're in New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands or any other country in the South Pacific? Contact us at ARC Solutions; we are your helpful gateway to securing access to the following:
     

    • Obtain advice direct from the independent SS7 principal advisor to the US Government's Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and several other government agencies (ARC Solutions's partners ESD America);
       

    • Perform penetration tests of your cellular network carrier/s in your country (using ARC Solutions's partners ESD America and the ESD Oversight cellular network firewall solution). Using the threat of preferred supplier contract contestability or termination, you should demand your cellular network carriers obtain independent penetration tests of their networks from ESD America to identify the full suite of SS7 vulnerabilities the networks are exposed to, what the mitigations are, and the schedule of actions to be performed to fulfil the mitigations.
       

    • Adopt ESD Overwatch, the best tactical interception (IMSI catcher) detection system on the market to protect your corporate or government interests domestically and internationally against adversaries' interception of your mobile communications.
       

    • Adopt Cryptophone mobile, desk and satellite phones into your corporate or government operations to deliver end-to-end encrypted mobile telecommunications between you and the folks you're communicating with.

     

    End Notes
    ULIN source information used in this blog was obtained from:
    (1) UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549 FORM 20-F Annual and Transition Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1652866/000121390016012879/f20f2015_abilityinc.htm#a_004
    (2) UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549 FORM 425 Proposed Merger November 2015: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1588869/000121390015009076/f425112315_cambridgehold.htm
    (3) ULIN Product Description May 9, 2016: https://www.scribd.com/doc/313901805/ULIN-Product-Description-Ability
    (4) Ability Inc website: http://www.interceptors.com/

     

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