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Friday, June 29, 2007

Cell Phone Stalker Terrorizes Family? Please.

The Kuykendall family in Fircrest, Wash., claims that a hacker has been stalking them for four months through their camera phones, using the microphones in the phones to listen to them and the cameras to watch. They say that even when they turn off the phones, the hacker can turn them back on.

The family has shared with police and the news media recorded messages left on the voice mail of both family cell phones and the home landline phone. They say these messages demonstrate that the caller knows what the family is doing and even wearing, and that the stalker is threatening school shootings and killing family members and pets. The Kuykendalls say they get such calls almost every day, and they appear to come from the cell phone of the Kuykendall's 16-year-old daughter, Courtney.

Sounds like an amazing story, and it certainly makes great alarmist television and shocking headlines. At least one news channel has called the events an example of "the worst form of terrorism."

But how real is it? And how worried should you be that some creepy stalker is using your own cell phone to monitor your every move?

The answer to both questions: NOT VERY.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


After reading your article on PC Worlds web site, with regards to the family claiming to be stalked, it reinforced a basic paradigm that I feel is true: The media helps perpetuate degenerative situations as opposed to clarifying the story in a reasonable way.

Thank you for having the insight to disseminate their tale. If it is true, then there are reasonable courses of action that should be taken.


Sunday, July 01, 2007 7:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is possible. There is a device that private
detectives can use to record every call that goes in or our of a cell phone and it can be sent to a computer,smart phone, or PDA to be listened to and acted upon at a later date.

The spoof card originally was used by spouses to spy on their cheating mates.

Plus any gamer can hack into a cell phone according to some of the college kids I know.

Sunday, July 01, 2007 8:56:00 PM  
Blogger Catmoves said...

Anonymous has it correctly. Truth and reporters investigating the stories they write (before publication) seems to be a thing of the past.
Methinks the parents wanted some ink to show off their kids.
So much for their five minutes of fame.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007 2:08:00 PM  

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