Identity Theft Just Got Easier
Jeff Pulver announced today a project with LSSi to enable individuals to list their VoIP phone numbers with 411 directory assistance. A website has been created at ListYourself.net to facilitate the process.
At a press conference here at VON, Jeff and LSSi Vice President Pete Renner admitted that there is no security process in place to insure that you really are who you say you are or really live at the address you give. The phone number itself is validated before a listing is added to the database.
Since LSSi directories power "411" directory assistance, you can now register your VoIP phone number with a false name and address, and anyone in the country trying to contact the individual whose name you have stolen will be given your phone number instead.
But before you go out and register yourself as Paris Hilton, be forewarned that identity theft is a federal offense and Pulver promises that abusers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This might not stop people that are already busy stealing credit card numbers...