Suspect your girlfriend is cheating on you? Looking to spot a mole at your company? Thanks to an underground service on the web, you can get access to anyone’s cell phone or land line call records.

Seem like a scam? Unfortunately, it’s not. The FBI ordered a list from, and it worked! $160 and 3 hours later, the FBI had a call list log that matched one of their agents.

So that’s the price of someone’s privacy? Only $130? Sure is cheaper than a than hiring an investigator to find out if your girl / wife is cheating on you.

How do they obtain the records? One of the most common methods for obtaining cell phone records is “pretexting.” Pretexting is when a data broker pretends to be a phone’s owner and dupes the phone company into providing the information.

It is currently not illegal to pretext for phone records. However, in July the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission seeking an end to the sale of telephone records.

Until then I’m sticking to pigeon courier to send my mistress notes.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."