How Cingular Wireless Online Accounts Worked in 2005
A reader wrote in to explain
I for some reason feel that I have to email you and tell you this. Maybe God is guiding me :-)
I have had my Cell phone for over 10 years.
I am an AT&T subscriber. However, before AT&T bought Cingular Wireless, Guess who was my subscriber? Yes, Cingular Wireless. When watching the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer section came on about “he just guessed the password.” I screamed “BULLSHIT”. I immediately thought “He cannot admit to falsifying identity, so he had to say he guessed the password.”
To further state “I am 99% positive he did not guess her password.”
How do I know this? In 2006 I was involved in a terrible relationship.
I was being cheated on. No matter what though she would deny, deny, deny… I tried so hard to get proof that I was driving myself crazy. I remember spending hours trying to get into her phone so that I could look and listen but no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get the password right. Keep in mind this was someone I had been with for 5 + years.
Then one day I received a big wireless bill. I thought, “what the heck, how did that happen?” I called and they told me I could check online. So I went online and it said this wireless subscriber is not set up with an online account.
So I entered my number clicked new registration and viola. It asked me to create a password. I did and seen that they had shut off my unlimited texting and that was the reason for the large bill. I called them and cleared it up. After logging out I put her cell phone number in and it said “This subscriber is not set up with an online account.” :-) So I put her number in and it asked me to set up a password. I did and after that I had all the proof I needed. :-)
Info I was able to obtain:
I could see when calls where made.
How long calls were.
phone number of incoming and outgoing calls.
Cell tower location of incoming and outgoing calls.
Time and number of text messages.
Full account access. Meaning I could upgrade or degrade cell plan Hours, cell plan texting, passwords, everything.
Info I was not able to obtain:
Text message dialogue.
Voice mail recordings.
any exact location she was in at any given time.
In order for me to listen to her voice mail I would have had to reset password and then call voice mail from another phone and then enter the password.
I did not do this as I didn’t want her to know that I could see her call history.
But make no mistake. Because she had not set up an online user profile. I was able to just set one up myself using her number and I had full access to her account. Including billing information.
It was that easy.
So that’s what I think Ryan did. She hadn’t set up an online account.
Ryan went to cingular’s web site and put her number in. He then created a profile and password and bingo. He then had full access to her wireless account.
It would be very interesting if somehow someone could find out what date Teresa’s Cingular online profile was made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!