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Finding out what men are up to

Some women pride themselves on their cyber-sleuth skills


 

Finding out what men are up toOn a recent episode of the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney Kardashian tells her sister Kim she has her boyfriend’s old phone. “Have you gone through it?” Kim asks Kourtney excitedly. What’s the point, Courtney wants to know. “What do you mean what is the point?” Kim asks. “You want to know what your boyfriend is up to.” Then, speaking directly to the camera, Kim proudly says, “I can break into any phone, can get any code, can get into any voice mail.” She’s not the only phone-email snooper out there. One of the main characters on the show Entourage just dropped a woman who listened to one of his phone messages when he was in the shower.

Ali Wise, a stunning 32-year-old New Yorker, was arrested in July on felony charges of computer trespass and eavesdropping after allegedly hacking into the voice mail of Nina Freudenberger, an interior designer and socialite. Hacking “isn’t the sort of crime that normally comes to mind when you think of a pretty young publicist who attends glam parties on a nightly basis,” says Remy Stern, founder of Cityfile, a gossip website that has followed the story. “It was a little more juicy because she wasn’t accused of hacking into her boyfriend’s voice mail; the victim was another woman . . . who may have been involved with an ex-boyfriend of hers.”

Wise used software called SpoofCard to hack into the voice mail. The SpoofCard can be bought online and, according to information on the product’s website, “offers the ability to change what someone sees on their caller ID display when they receive a phone call.” You simply dial SpoofCard’s toll-free number or local access number in your country and then enter your PIN (like a calling card). What comes up on a person’s phone is a number that’s not yours.

The SpoofCard is meant to be used, mostly it seems, for crank calls and for other times people want to hide their number. But, obviously, it’s being misused. The Internet is rife with information about how to break into someone’s voice mail using a SpoofCard. “I’ll tell you how,” writes one snooper. “Call up SpoofCard and when they ask you to enter the number you want to show [up] on the caller ID, you enter your boyfriend’s number. When they ask you to enter the number you want to call, you enter your boyfriend’s number again, and, bingo, you’ll get into his messages. This works because it tricks the cellphone to think the cell is calling into the voice message system.” The deviousness doesn’t end there. “Now remember,” another writes, “when you get into the voice message, you must quickly change the password so you can always access the voice mail messages.”

According to a friend of Wise’s, when the police asked her if she had used a SpoofCard, her answer was, “Of course I used a SpoofCard.” It was as if they had asked a meat lover if they ate steak.

Wise stepped down from her job at Dolce & Gabbana, and has become fodder for New York gossip rags. But to some women she’s become, if not a hero, at least relatable. Movie producers have begged to option her story.

On a recent night out, five women laughed at stories of breaking into men’s voice mails. “I would wait until he went into the shower,” said one, “and I would manically try and figure out his password.” Another admitted that for years she has broken into her boyfriend’s, and ex-boyfriend’s, email and voice mail accounts. “It’s really not that hard. Men are stupid. If you know their Interac password, that’s generally their code for all their other PDAs,” she said. One woman is so skilled at figuring out passwords, she can hear someone type in the phone digits, and from the tones of the numbers, figure out the code. “I want to see if they’re up to no good,” she laughs.

Obviously, serial snooping isn’t just for the rich and famous. The founder of Toronto-based Blue Star Investigations Inc. International, Allen Brik, has been a private detective for 15 years. He says this kind of invasion of privacy has exploded in the past five years. “It’s not always easy, but it’s certainly doable.” It’s strictly illegal, he says, and shouldn’t be done, “but people want to know they can trust someone. They’re not thinking with their heads about right or wrong.”

Brik agrees that men “don’t often change their password. They usually use their date of birth or their middle names. Women are more creative.” (He hasn’t changed any of his passwords in 12 years.) It’s not only females who snoop, he says, but the majority are women. “I think it comes down to men cheating more.”
A judge could turn Wise’s case, due in court in October, into an “example” à la Paris Hilton’s jail stint. “I do hope that no prison time is involved,” says Stern. “A much better punishment would be to require her to have those godawful orange jumpsuits worn by American prisoners redesigned by Dolce & Gabbana. That might make it all worth it.”


 
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  1. excuse me as I quickly change my password…….

  2. "Private Detective"? Rebecca hasn't been reading her Private Security and Investigators Act!!!

  3. "People want to know they can trust someone," and so they break into their phones and computers, invade their privacy. No wonder they don't feel they can trust their boyfriends. They look at themselves in the mirror, see untrustworthy creeps and can't imagine that anyone could be above that sort of awfulness.

  4. These women are psychotic. I wouldn't blame their boyfriends for cheating if it meant getting an ounce of freedom from those stifling, two-faced cows. And the fact that they think spying on someone is something to be proud of only gaurantees it. Who's really stupid? The men minding their own business? Or women who wonder why their boyfriends cheat on them after they perform illegal acts to invade their privacy only to find they were out with their friends, or they were making a business call. These women deserve no sympathy or praise, as far as I'm concerned.

  5. Wow, I knew some women were crazy, but this is scary.

  6. SILLY , girls have been using this for years. the idea that someone can get arrested and charge with a felony is absurd. i would hope that my hard earned tax dollars are going to prosecute legit cases that have some merit wherein their are real victims who are hurt and perps not some boy/girl drama such as this "spoof card" case. if someone listened to my voicemail who dated my boyfriend i might be annoyed but i def would not go to the police for such a thing. did this woman steal?l hurt or damage anyone from this act? nope, doesnt sound like it. case dismissed!

    • So, you're just gonna sit back and let a potential psycho-ex weasel in on you and your boyfriend's personal life even though its clearly no longer her business? In that case, some girlfriend you are. Simple hacking is what could lead into stalking. Sure, you might not go to the police immediately, but wouldn't you at least do SOMETHING? Last time I checked stalking is still illegal even if its not "stealing" or "hurting" (which, I can only assume you mean the physical kind). If this really happened, you'd better have at least have half a mind to confront it, or you could get hurt and damaged in another kind of way.

  7. From what I have read and can barely keep up with… the "socialite" case -cat fight gone wrong. Both girls involved did stupid things but this is not something that I want my tax dollars spent on either. the girl Ali that got arrested was the one with the boyfriend and the other chick was harassing them. Just jealousy taken too far and Ali playing detective on her jealous enemy got her in hot water.