Mobile phone record data leaks get more press

As we reported last week, the easy availability of mobile phone users' call history from sketchy online Web sites is starting to turn heads again. Such data leaks have been in the news for some time--for the past five years--and are probably not the result of elaborate hacking, but rather social engineering. Cingular has come out with a TRO and lawsuit against a couple of the sites that sell the information and Verizon won similar suits last year. Interestingly, many of the news sites that are up in arms about the data leaks were equally upset with the news that a Sprint operator would not reveal GPS information about a couple's stolen car that had their baby inside. It's about time somebody stepped in to regulate.

For more on the data leak hype:
- check out this blog entry from Techdirt