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Friday, September 03, 2004

Caller ID Falsification Service

From Slashdot A US website will offer Caller ID falsification service...Slated for launch this week, would offer subscribers a simple Web interface to a Caller ID spoofing system that lets them appear to be calling from any number they choose.

More onThe Register

All this without getting into VoIP hacks gut Caller I.D.. The system has long been open to manipulation.

Update : Here's the story on Zdnet: Caller ID: Do you really know who's calling?

Update 2: Startup hangs up quickly; Service that fools Caller ID causes anger via . Slashdot. Looks like the backlash has begun. The company is now getting Death Threats, looking to sell the business, etc..(profiting on the publicity or deciding that his privacy is more important?) all for commercially expoliting a (not widely) know loop hole in the system. But I can't see a reasonable cause to want to spoof the Caller Id short of police/spy stuff (and I think permision to do this would be a good think) and alot of un-reasonable reasons. I the very minimum I would want to see it highly regulated and licensed (and someone over looking the call logs)even if it was a goverment activity.

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