For the last few days, a startup called *38 has been getting lots of attention, not much of it positive. The company launched a CallerID spoofing service, designed for use by bill collectors, telemarketers and other people who want to sneak up on you. Quite ingenious, in an evil genius sort of way.
Now, according to the NY Times, *38 founder Jason Jepson is calling it quits. Mr. Jepson reports that he received harassing emails, phone calls (did they block CallerID, I wonder?) and even a death threat taped to his door.
"I was harassed," he said. "It's too much." How karmic is that, Jason?
While much of the complaining came from privacy advocates, some believe that the people actually threatening Jepson were competitive practitioners of the art, who were angered by *38's commercialization efforts.