Nothing Funny About CallerIDFaker

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Theresa Payton

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Remember the old days when kids would prank call their neighbors asking questions like, “Is your refrigerator running? Well you better go catch it!”

Well, those calls were annoying but harmless fun, those pranks were low tech compared to what’s out there today! We have told you before about phone spoofing, where someone can disguise the phone number they are really calling from.

Sometimes this technology can be used for a harmless prank or to protect your identity but in the wrong hands, this feature can be scary.

Just when we thought we’d seen it all, companies are coming up with new technologies to not only spoof your number but to also disguise your voice. This could be funny but it could also be scary in the wrong hands.

One software product, CallerIdFaker, asks you to use the product, tape the call as it happens and then share it on their website. Are you laughing yet?

They even have some calls on YouTube if you will where other users can listen to your call and rate it as “Today’s Hottest” call.

Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton, is very concerned about this technology being used by abusive people and criminals to take advantage of their victims.

SECURITY WARNING:

This technology has been used to hack high profile celebrities, tricking them into talking and telling information about themselves.

We are concerned that criminals, including physical abusers and fraudsters, will use this technology as another way to dupe their victims.

If you think this is far fetched, look at the case of Zachary Daniels who was arrested by the Hernando County Sherriff’s office. According to their report, he used caller ID spoofing software, including Caller ID Faker, and made nine phone calls to harass his wife.

He spoofed the calls to say he was calling as an FBI Agent or he used the persona of a Deputy of the Sherriff’s office.

You can read the report at:


TIPS TO STAY SAFE:

  • Watch where you post your home and mobile number.
  • Trust but verify - if a person calls you, even someone you know, pay close attention to queues that might mean they are just reading information about you online and do not really know you. Ask if you can call them back at the number displayed on your phone.
  • Talk to your kids about this feature so they cannot get tricked. Make sure you discourage using it too.

WEB RESOURCES:

If you think you have been the victim of a crime where they used spoofing software, or any other means via the internet, please contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at:

Recent criminal use of caller id spoof software:

How caller id faker rates calls that used their software:

A Youtube video describing how it works.

Notes taken by: Theresa Payton, Fortalice, LLC. Also featured in WBTV's segment, Protecting Your Cyberturf, with Kristen Miranda and Theresa Payton

Cross-posted from Fortalice

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Javvad Malik You say that in the wrong hands this stuff can be scary. But the wrong hands have been doing this kind of stuff for decades using older methods. So I don't really believe this is adding anything new.

It help some of the script kiddie types out there who want the quick and easy way to prank someone, but not much beyond that in my opinion.
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