Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Caller ID Spoofing: Probes Scrutinize Caller ID Hacks

Wired News: "Government interest is gathering around so-called Caller ID spoofing services that allow users to camouflage their phone numbers, with Florida's attorney general following the FCC in investigating the technology.
On Friday, state Attorney General Charlie Crist issued subpoenas targeting five different spoofing sites. For four of them, the subpoenas are directed at the registrars handling the services' anonymous domain name registrations, and are aimed at unmasking the owners of the sites. A fifth went directly to one of the spoofing sites,, demanding business records and the identities of any Florida customers.
'People use Caller ID to protect themselves from unwanted calls and contact from those who would do them harm,' Crist said in a press release. 'It is wrong for individuals or businesses to deceive our citizens, and this cannot be allowed to continue unchecked.'
In addition to serving as attorney general, Crist is the Republican candidate for governor of Florida.
The probe comes on the heels of a broad federal investigation that began late last month, when the FCC issued letters to at least three Caller ID spoofing sites demanding detailed information on the structure of the businesses, as well as the names of every customer that has used the services, the dates they used them and the number of phone calls they made."

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