Cingular Wins 1.1mil from Data Mining Douchebags

From Law.com:

“In a victory over data miners who used fraud, computer hacking and “social engineering” to collect the private cell phone numbers and calling histories of its customers, Atlanta-based Cingular Wireless has been awarded $1,135,000 in federal court.”

The complaint stated that the defendants “engage[d] in deceit, trickery and dishonesty to obtain private information from Cingular’s (customer service representatives) through ‘social engineering,’ improper hacking and/or through unauthorized access to online account information stored on Cingular’s database.”

Damn. How shitty is your company when Cingular gets to take the moral highground?

“This victory underscores the fact that Cingular will not tolerate data burglars,” said Cingular’s executive vice president and general counsel Joaquin Carbonell in a statement. “We are fighting to protect customer privacy on other fronts as well, including filing new lawsuits against telemarketers and spammers.” I’m warm and fuzzy all over. —MEGHANN MARCO

Cingular Wins $1.1M Victory Over Data Miners [Law]

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  1. Yep says:

    “This victory underscores the fact that Cingular will not tolerate data burglars”

    How about Hamburglars? Will they tolerate Hamburglars? Ronald does. Grimace does. Hell, even those creepy little burgers on legs do.

    Truth is they’re just pissed they didn’t get a chance to sell the data before it was mined for free.

  2. damn you yep, you stole my hamburglar joke! and i was so proud of myself, too.

    good job.

  3. WeimMe says:

    Well what about paying it out to the ones
    who’s privacy was invaded? Huh?

  4. Ran Kailie says:

    And I’m sure their is no way Cingular is going to hand back that money to customers. I mean I’ve only had to pay them a few times getting unsolicted calls and text messages, because I’m sure my number was sold by the jerks they just won against.

    So I don’t see how Cingular wasn’t in a win win situation to begin with.

  5. etinterrapax says:

    “How shitty is your company when Cingular gets to take the moral highground?”

    Seriously, I thought I read the headline wrong.

  6. LLH says:

    they didn’t want to do business with the data miners because they need their customers to have the funds available for when THEY rob them blind. (a very unhappy cingular customer – how does a 39.99 a month plan go to over 80.00 when said customer does not use the phone!!??)

  7. Beckie says:

    Cingular is the one who should be sued. They should be made to live up their contracts.