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First 'Pretexting' Charges Filed Under Law Passed After HP Spy Scandal




First 'Pretexting' Charges Filed Under Law Passed After HP Spy Scandal
First 'Pretexting' Charges Filed Under Law Passed After HP Spy Scandal



http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/first-pretextin.html 

By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
Wired.com
January 09, 2009

Prosecutors have filed "pretexting" charges in the first cases brought 
under a federal law passed in 2006 in the wake of the Hewlett-Packard 
spying scandal.

Pretexting is a method in which a perpetrator poses as a phone-company 
customer, or someone else, in order to request records of the customer's 
phone calls.

Authorities in Ohio filed an indictment last month against 28-year-old 
Vaden Anderson alleging that the defendant used pretexting to obtain 
confidential phone records from Sprint/Nextel. According to the 
indictment, Anderson served the phone company with a fake U.S. District 
Court civil subpoena to obtain the records.

If convicted, Anderson faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a 
$250,000 fine.

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