[ISN] Report: Obama's cell records improperly accessed

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:21:51 -0600 (CST)

By Elinor Mills
November 20, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama's cell phone billing records were 
improperly accessed by employees of Verizon Wireless, CNN reported late 
on Thursday.

Obama's transition team was informed of the breach by Verizon Wireless 
representatives on Wednesday, team spokesman Robert Gibbs told the news 

The phone, a voice flip-phone with no e-mail access, is no longer active 
or being used by Obama, the report said. Lists of phone numbers and 
calls made by Obama could have been accessed, but "nobody was monitoring 
voicemail," Gibbs is quoted as saying.

Verizon Wireless has notified federal law enforcement authorities, 
Verizon Wireless President and Chief Executive Lowell McAdam wrote in an 
internal company e-mail distributed on Wednesday that CNN obtained. The 
Secret Service has been informed, Gibbs said.


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