posted on Apr, 14 2005 @ 01:03 PM
A spoofing technique enabling anyone to fake the caller ID information and number is beginning to see widespread use. So far, it has mostly been used
for harmless prank calls and by telemarketers to hide their identity. Companies are springing up all over offering services that alter the ID
information on a call. The pranks have now become potentially deadly. A SWAT team was dispatched by a caller and fake caller ID information was
transmitted to them.
New Brunswick police received a call from a female claiming she was handcuffed, held hostage and being raped in an apartment. Police surrounded the
property for six hours, and the situation made national news. A Texas woman has admitted making the call as part of a potentially deadly prank, known
as bombing, which aims to bring tactical or SWAT teams to victims' homes.
The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission say they have taken no enforcement actions against these services. But others
predict it won't be long before an emergency hoax, identity theft or duped domestic violence victim triggers calls for a crackdown.
Mitnick, who spent almost five years in jail for hacking into companies such as Motorola and Sun Microsystems, says some financial institutions use
caller ID to authenticate telephone requests for personal account information. With a few personal tidbits and your spoofed number, he says, an
impostor could access your bank or credit card account.
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I knew that caller ID information could be altered by unscrupulous companies, because I have seen bogus numbers and names from telemarketers. It was
just a matter of time until companies offered a spoofing tool to allow anyone to make calls using whatever name and number they wish.
This sort of makes those phone verification procedures used by banks, credit cards, and online companies, obsolete.