Overheard: Word of the Day

Feb 20 2008   12:35PM GMT

Overheard: Caller ID spoof

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

telephone.jpg He spoofed the HR director’s work phone number, then the number of that guy’s boss, before moving up to a vice president, and finally, the CEO. Says he had no choice. He also says “this thing that I did is bad and should be outlawed.”

Paul McNamara, Confessions of a Caller-ID spoofer

I worked in the converged voice space, so the mechanics of caller ID were not unfamiliar to me or to the crew of geeks that I call friends. The light went on over beers – I was complaining about the former employer’s call-dodging to some engineer friends and the suggestion of using a local vendor’s lab to spoof Caller ID came up. Another engineer at the table said, “Don’t reinvent the wheel, just Google ‘spoof Caller ID service.’” I got 32,000 hits. Spoofcard came up first.

So, I gave them $20 for an hour of Caller ID misrepresentation. Although I hate that it seems to be legal for them to offer this service, I love their implementation. Speaking as an engineer and a salesman, they really built a sweet platform.

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