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Press Release Evolved Intelligence today announced that they are working with Oi, one of the largest telecom companies in Brazil and South America. Oi have selected Welcome SMS from Evolved Intelligence and their Steering of Roaming service, which will allow them to decide which of their partners will be used by their roaming subscribers. Peter Blackie, Evolved Intelligence’s Commercial Director, said: ‘At Evolved Intelligence we pride ourselves on being able to install every one of our products smoothly.
In this case, we were able to exceed our own standards by successfully taking the Steering of Roaming service live only a week after receiving the order.

Together with our partner Comfone, we provide fully hosted and managed roaming applications, which enable the implementation of our services to be completed cost-effectively in a matter of days, with no network disruption.

Comfone is one of the largest roaming signalling providers in the world and is supplying 100% of the signalling to Oi. Having close partnerships with the leading signalling vendors allows us to implement a wide range of roaming, fraud and security applications for mobile operators through simple configuration’. Steve Buck, Evolved Intelligence’s Product Director, explained: ‘Steering of Roaming is a vital tool for any operator looking to maximise roaming revenue. Oi and their customers will be able to take advantage of better prices from partners, and to select them based on network quality.

This will greatly improve Oi’s customers’ experience as they will no longer be steered onto poor quality networks, or encounter delays in acquiring a network - for example when on a fast-moving train or on coverage borders'. For over 8 years Evolved Intelligence has supplied a complete range of value added services for mobile operators looking to maximise their roaming business.

Alongside Steering of Roaming they also provide Welcome Messaging, Dialled Number Correction, Border and National roaming, Silent Roamers and Roamer Service Control which all boost revenue and improve the customer roaming experience. About Evolved IntelligenceEvolved Intelligence provides roaming, fraud and security solutions to mobile phone operators and signalling providers world-wide.
Solutions are powered by a unique architecture which allows network intelligence to be sited remotely from the network core.

Evolved Intelligence has more than 60 service implementations in more than 40 operators.

The company’s solutions are also available from several leading signalling providers.

Evolved Intelligence is based in Bristol, UK and was formed in 2007. www.evolved-intelligence.com About Comfone AGSwiss quality, precision and personalised service are three features on which Comfone has built the foundation for providing a complete portfolio of first class mobile roaming services. With our Headquarters in Bern, Switzerland and regional offices covering Europe, Latin & North America, Central Asia and Asia Pacific, we are well positioned to serve our global customer base of 500+ customers in over 200+ countries. www.comfone.com Press contactSara Peake, Head of Marketing at Evolved Intelligence
In-flight entertainment systems create hacker risk, say researchers Vulnerabilities in Panasonic in-flight entertainment systems create a possible mechanism for attackers to control in-flight displays, PA systems and lighting, say researchers. Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant at IOActive, said it had found vulnerabilities in Panasonic Avionic In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems that it claims could allow hackers to "hijack" passengers’ in-flight displays and, in some instances, potentially access their credit card information.

The research revealed it would also theoretically be possible that such a vulnerability could present an entry point to the wider network, including the aircraft controls domain. “I’ve been afraid of flying for as long as I can remember,” said Santamarta. “It might sound like a sick cure to some but, as a hacker, learning everything I could about how planes work, from the aerodynamics to electronics, has reduced the fear significantly. On a 2014 flight from Warsaw to Dubai, I discovered I could access debug codes directly from a Panasonic inflight display.

A subsequent internet search allowed me to discover hundreds of publicly available firmware updates for multiple major airlines, which was quite alarming. Upon analysing backend source code for these airlines and reverse engineering the main binary, I’ve found several interesting functionalities and exploits.” IFE system vulnerabilities identified by Santamarta might most straightforwardly be exploited to gain control of what passengers see and hear from their in-flight screen, he claimed.

For example, an attacker might spoof flight information values such as altitude or speed, or show a bogus route on the interactive map.

An attacker might also compromise the "CrewApp" unit, which controls PA systems, lighting, or even the recliners on first class seating.
If all of these attacks are applied at the same time, a malicious actor may create a baffling and disconcerting situation for passengers.

Furthermore, the capture of personal information, including credit card details, is also technically possible due to backend systems that sometimes provide access to specific airlines’ frequent-flyer/VIP membership data, said the researcher. Aircraft's data networks are divided into four domains, depending on the kind of data they process: passenger entertainment, passenger-owned devices, airline information services, and finally aircraft control.

Avionics is usually located in the Aircraft Control domain, which should be physically isolated from the passenger domains; however, this doesn’t always happen.

This means that as long as there is a physical path that connects both domains, there is potential for attack.

The specific devices, software and configuration deployed on the target aircraft would dictate whether an attack is possible or not.
Santamarta urged airlines to steer towards a cautious course. “I don’t believe these systems can resist solid attacks from skilled malicious actors,” he said. “As such, airlines must be incredibly vigilant when it comes to their IFE systems, ensuring that these and other systems are properly segregated and each aircraft's security posture is carefully analysed case by case.” IOActive reported these findings to Panasonic Avionics in March 2015.
It only went public this week after giving the firm “enough time to produce and deploy patches, at least for the most prominent vulnerabilities”. Panasonic Avionic’s technology is used by a several major airlines including Virgin, American and Emirates airlines. El Reg asked Panasonic Avionic to comment on IOActive's research but we’ve yet to hear back. We’ll update this story as and when we learn more. The avionics research has some parallels with IOActive’s remote hack of the Jeep Cherokee in 2014, in which hackers took control of the vehicle’s dashboard functions, including steering, brakes, and transmission, through vulnerabilities existing in the automobile’s entertainment system. Once again, it appears entertainment systems have created a potential route into sensitive systems that hackers might be able to exploit. Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at NSFOCUS, commented: “In the light of this research, physical separation between in-flight entertainment systems and aircraft control systems could never be more important.

As airlines continue to add new customer-based entertainment and information technologies, airlines need to ensure that an impenetrable barrier is in place protecting aircraft control systems. “This research demonstrates that hackers could cause all sorts of issues that could impact a customer’s 'experience' while flying, but have yet to prove they could impact flight control systems,” he added. ® Sponsored: Flash enters the mainstream.
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