Caller ID Spoofing
January 7, 2013 11:50 AM Subscribe
Is it possible that someone was spoofing my little sister's phone number?
posted by anonymous to Technology (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My little sister (19 years old) has significant learning disabilities and is frequently the target of severe bullying. Today, she was called into a police station in a neighboring town and interrogated because someone had been texted a set of photos of my sister in a bikini, with inappropriate texts. My father--a lawyer--was present. The pictures appear to be cropped and/or taken from her facebook account. The origin of the number appeared to be from my sister's phone.
My parent's reviewed her phone and no pictures or texts like that were sent. Given that we generally believe my sister, and also given that she has frequently been the target of severe bullying for several years, we are inclined to believe this is another bullying incident.
We certainly plan to get an experienced criminal attorney to deal with this, and in fact are a family of lawyers--no need to to give us legal advice. We do not believe the nieghboring town police are going to go any further with charges against my sister although it is not clear they believe us. The police in our own town are amenable to us because they have been assisting my parents in dealing with previous phone harrasment. My major question is more about the technology involved:
(1) is caller ID spoofing something that is easy to do?
(2) Would spoofing be something that is traceable or identifiable? Would there be any records available for later subpeona?
(3) If the photo was sent to another phone via text, is there any embedded information in the photograph that would indicate its origins? Could we retrieve this information easily?
(4) are there any other technology questions or considerations that I may be overlooking that anyone at Metafilter could advise on?