U.S. Congress passing law banning Caller ID spoofing, pranksters weep « Boy Genius Report

    This is one of those legislations that seems like a no-brainer at first glance across a congressional desk. But as you think about it more you realize that valuable services that allow you to use your office caller ID could be affected. What about remote contractors- will they have to prove employment in order to use a service that masks their caller ID? The bill as written is so brief that many valuable business systems are left in the gray area.

    U.S. Congress passing law banning Caller ID spoofing, pranksters weep

    Look, we’re pretty sure most of you out there have tried this a couple times or are at least familiar with the concept — you use a VoIP service which routes your call through a server that’s usually using Asterisk — you can have any number show up on the outgoing caller ID. Unfortunately for you malicious and deceiving individuals out there, Congress has just passed the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010, and it makes it 100% illegal to use a service like this. Here’s the breakdown:

    To cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud and deceive.

    There are exceptions for blocking your own caller ID and for law enforcement usage. In the past, as we’ve understood, this was a grey area, but it was still considered against the law to spoof someone else’s number. Though, we had heard that if you spoofed your own number, it wasn’t illegal (say you’re at the beach drinking a Mojito and need to call a client, you can spoof your office phone number from your cell phone), so we’ll have to see how this pans out. Sorry, SpoofCard.