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Citing Threats, Entrepreneur Wants to Quit Caller ID Venture


— September 4, 2004

I read several interesting articles just today about the new venture Star38. Now this from the New York Times:

It may be known as caller ID spoofing, but it is evidently no laughing matter.

Three days after the start-up company Star38 began offering a service that fools caller ID systems, the founder, Jason Jepson, has decided to sell the business. Mr. Jepson said he had received harassing e-mail and phone messages and even a death threat taped to his front door – all he said from people opposed to his publicizing a commercial version of technology that until now has been mainly used by software programmers and the computer hackers’ underground.

Jepson has even hired a private investigator to look into the threats: “The people who threatened him, he said, had already tapped his phone calls and had obtained details about how much money he last deposited into his checking account. ‘Some people,’ he said, ‘are pretty fired up about this.'”


I read several interesting articles just today about the new venture Star38. Now this from the New York Times:

It may be known as caller ID spoofing, but it is evidently no laughing matter.

Three days after the start-up company Star38 began offering a service that fools caller ID systems, the founder, Jason Jepson, has decided to sell the business. Mr. Jepson said he had received harassing e-mail and phone messages and even a death threat taped to his front door – all he said from people opposed to his publicizing a commercial version of technology that until now has been mainly used by software programmers and the computer hackers’ underground.

Jepson has even hired a private investigator to look into the threats: “The people who threatened him, he said, had already tapped his phone calls and had obtained details about how much money he last deposited into his checking account. ‘Some people,’ he said, ‘are pretty fired up about this.'”

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