Cingular fights call record websites

Jan 13 2006 - 10:51 PM ET | Cingular

Cingular Wireless announced its commitment to fixing a security problem with calling records that has recently gotten a lot of publicity. Several websites are selling calling records (numbers that an individual has spoken with) for fees around $100. Over the past several weeks there have been many calls for an investigation because of the obvious privacy and safety concerns.

Cingular believes that Data Find Solutions, Inc. previously owned and operated several websites that advertise the sale of phone records, including and, and that 1st Source Information Specialists, Inc. currently owns and operates these websites. Cingular's lawsuit charges that these companies or their representatives obtained customer records through fraudulent means, such as by posing as customers seeking information about their own accounts.

We expect the other national carriers to make similar announcements. The Feds are also looking into the matter directly.