SS7 Security of Italy

Country Mobile Network Worldwide Rank 98 / 164

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Scores for 4 operators surveyed

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+ Global Risk level 98 / 164

Italy is the 98th best country in the world for SS7 security.

Global Risk level combines Privacy Leaks (subscriber informations leaks) and Network Exposure (operators exposure), giving more importance to Privacy Leaks.

+ Privacy Risk level 89 / 164

Italy is the 89th best country to protect its customers against privacy leaks.

Privacy Leaks represents all subscriber privacy leaks from all operators of specific country. This includes subscribers location, subscriber private data and subscriber encryption keys.

+ SS7 messages disclosing subscriber city location 10

Italy allows 10 SS7 MAP messages to leak subscriber city location.

+ SS7 messages disclosing subscriber street location 5

Italy allows 5 SS7 MAP messages to leak precise street-level subscriber location (200m).

+ SS7 messages disclosing private informations 10

Italy allows 10 SS7 MAP messages to leak subscriber IMSI.

+ Leak of subscriber keys 3

Italy has 3 operators that leak subscriber keys.

Leak of subscriber keys allows an attacker to decrypt calls and SMS of subscriber, by impersonating the network using a fake base station.

+ Leak of prepaid/postpaid status 1

Italy has 1 operators that leak subscriber prepaid/postpaid status.

Leak of subscriber prepaid/postpaid status allows an attacker to gather informations about the status of a subscriber from the operators databases, to prepare for fraud.

+ Leak subscriber location through Home Routing bypass ?
+ Network Exposure level 158 / 164

Italy is the 158th best protected SS7 network in the world.

Network Exposure includes Network Elements exposed and security mechanism implemented by operators of a given country. It shows the attack surface of the Telecom Network of a country from the SS7 perspective.

+ SCCP discovery attack surface 312

Italy has 312 Core Network Elements identified over SS7 SCCP.

The more Core Network Elements are exposed (reachable directly from the International SS7 Network), the more entry points an attacker has on operators SS7 Core Network.

+ Network Elements fingerprint 312

Italy has 312 Core Network Elements successfully fingerprinted over SS7 SCCP.

Precise identification of Core Network Elements allows attackers to have a better understanding of the internals of operators networks, allowing easier further attacks.

+ Potential change of prepaid/postpaid status (fraud) 1

Italy has 1 operators susceptible to fraud via change of prepaid/postpaid status.

+ Home Routing* 3

Italy has 3 operators implementing Home Routing.

Home Routing is a Operator Network feature that hides the MSC (city location) and IMSI of the subscriber in several SS7 MAP messages.

*Home Routing detection in SS7map is still in BETA phase.

+ Leak of internal topology through Home Routing bypass ?

For more explanations about the ratings, see our blog post.

Operators tested
0 well secured
2 with medium security
2 badly secured
4 surveyed operator / 5 operators

SS7map project is research in progress: the data is purely indicative and subject to change.