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Phone Records Easily Purchased By Anyone

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Jan 13, 2006, 4:28 PM   by (staff)

Americablog, a political weblog, recently purchased one month of General Wesley Clark's cell phone records from a private company for $90. In doing so, they brought to light a security hole which has only recently gained media attention. Phone records are easily obtained by these services using fraudulent means. Verizon has sued a number of companies for illegally selling their customers' records, but no carrier, including Verizon, reports having changed the policies that made the records available in the first place. The CTIA too, suggests this is a legal problem, recommending that the government take action by shutting down these companies and bringing them to trial. No government agency or trade organization has yet asked carriers to examine how records are stored or under what circumstances they are distributed.

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INSURANCERIPOFF

Jan 18, 2006, 8:57 AM

http://www.locatecell.com/gpage.html

There you go!! Why don't we send some comments to this company?
gunny

Jan 13, 2006, 6:17 PM

thats not cool

i could give a fig if anyone is looking at who I was calling, but I could see why many would. I hope they step up and fix this, but it doesn't look like its on anyones priority list. Its clearly a privacy violation. What do you think?
it's terrible. Sad jealous girlfriends/boyfriends could get your records. Surprised stalkers could get your records. Shocked gunny could get your records. Laughing
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Surprised It's not only immoral, it's technically illegal. The means these companies are going about getting this information must be some serious social engineering. These sites need to be shut down.
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You might want to start caring, even if you posted your records on the internet.

These records are obtained by these companies calling your cellular provider and pretending to be you. They are masters of deception and social engineering... ...
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eric Lin

Jan 14, 2006, 1:19 AM

some movement in the right direction

finally, someone is actually looking at the carriers and not the people reselling the call logs. a congressman says a number of federal agencies are investigating whether carriers do enough to protect their customers' data.

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type= ... »
thanks for the follow-up, eric
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finally, someone is actually looking at the carriers and not the people reselling the call logs. a congressman says a number of federal agencies are investigating whether carriers do enough to protect their customers
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I work for VZW, and I think our account verification policy is rife for abuse. All one needs is the MTN and the last four of the social to call in and make changes to the account. That info plus the billing zip code will get you setup online with de...
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