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[ISN] First 'Pretexting' Charges Filed Under Law Passed After HP Spy Scandal
By Kim Zetter
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
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
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
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