Andorra became the country with the most secure communications network in the world in 2014, according to P1SEC report. P1SEC is an independent company that addresses the issue of communication security. It was founded in France. Currently, the company is the world’s leading expert in the field of test system and communication network control and security. Report was announced at the world communication systems security issues congress for market members, Chaos Communication Congress 31C3. This event is organized by Chaos Computer Club annually. Chaos Computer Club unites leading experts in the field of communication networks security.
Summarizing the results of 2014, Andorra has become the safest country in the field of telecommunications facilities in ranking of 218 positions. 707 communications service providers from all over the world participated in the ranking. Safety evaluation of telecommunication standard SS7, which is used by telephone companies, is estimated in the report.
Most providers in the world use SS7 protocol as basic version for mobile and wired connections. The report evaluates security vulnerability of SS7 in terms of mobile devices users’ privacy leaks; SIM identification by third-parties’ devices; data on effect on subscribers by network elements that are exposed to substantial risks.
At the present time the main serious weakness of SS7 network is chances of wiretapping and extraction of confidential information about clients by unauthorized persons (not security officials), who use other ways to control subscribers (this mostly entails control over mobile providers themselves), says the report.
Andorra Telecom is the only one telecommunication company in the Principality what gives it an advantage, because presence of 3 and more networks in one region does not allow obtain the intended control over the network security.