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Spoofing Caller ID Now Illegal

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by zebrahat, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. zebrahat

    zebrahat Elite Member

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    Congress has just passed an amendment to the 1934 telecommunications act, to stop people from 'misrepresenting' or spoofing their caller ID number. You can still block your number (though I wonder how long it will be before that option gets shut down as well).

    What if you're in a witness protection progam, or hiding from an abusive ex, and don't want your working caller ID to display your real number? Seems like any freedom they don't want you to exercise for the purposes of privacy gets characterized as "misrepresentation' and banned nowadays. Will emails without header info get banned next?
     
  2. jodys

    jodys BANNED BANNED

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    Oh no, the sky is falling.
     
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  3. darkimus

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    Meh. The law reads as:

    "It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, in connection with any real time voice communications service, regardless of the technology or network utilized, to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud or deceive."

    So technically just don't use caller id spoofing to defraud or deceive and it's still legal.
     
  4. Black-Cracka

    Black-Cracka Newbie

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    Yeah, unless you're trying to collect personal info or harm people, you should be ok.
     
  5. zebrahat

    zebrahat Elite Member

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    No, it's freedom that's falling. Even trivial acts that resist disclosing personal info keep getting prohibited---that's the point. "Spoofing" could be done for a number of reasons, but the law change doesn't recognize any motivation for doing so, other than fraud. People are reading into the change loopholes it doesn't mention, while ignoring it is plainly and categorically associating spoofing with crime. It's not just curtailing freedom, it's demonizing it at the same time.

    P.S.: The law defacto PRESUMES the intent of anybody who spoofs is a criminal one. That is certainly how it will be enforced. Those not noting the tie in to BH are not seeing enough moves ahead. If the feds can do this, they can criminally cast almost all BH techniques they don't like as 'fraud' in commission and intent. Will we just shrug that off too?
     
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  6. hitman247

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    The keyword is intent. What is your "intent" by masking your number? No big deal....next thread please.