Is it really not possible to trace out a telephone number ?

(Last Updated On: July 28, 2008)

Shame, is it not?

The TV9 reporter received the threating call from a number – 091118809 on his cellphone, giving indications of the possible bomb blasts in Kerala (News article). And I’m wondering why is it not possible to trace out the number?

Speculations are that this is an internet telephone number, so could it be from Skype or other calling programs? If so, would it not be possible for the IB to contact the companies and trace them out?

Now, come on’ spoofing, masking whatever you call it, we have the brains to crack that. Or so we all believe.

It’s pathetic that we weren’t able to trace back the call, had we been able to, at least some of the mayhem yesterday at Cochin could’ve been avoided.

Just did a Google search on this and found that there are lot of programs available that will help you trace out unlisted phone numbers and IPs. And there are also lot of “reverse directories” available, so even if we may not find the exact end point, wouldn’t it be possible to trace the route?

Now come on’ dude.. what lives are we living?

Techies out there? Any clues?


  • Karthi,
    Its interesting right? When I saw the number first it reminds me another number “09112001” yeah the november 11 attacks! Am not a big “techie” if u call it as a genere.. juz an sqa guy.. 091118809 looks like 0911-18-8-09
    like 911 on 18th of 8th month on 09 or 18th of ninth month 08.. not sure.. what ever the intentions are.. bad really bad..

    And know what? i was seeing cnnibn last day and a reporter was narrating the city hospital blast in ahemedabad.. damn dear.. she bursts in to tears after narrating incident about the 3 house surgeon(localites) guys trying to help wounded and was killed in that city hospital blasts…
    Skype calls in US is 0012345.. and some social networking sites like ibibo is allowing calls for free.. when u join itself 3 mins call to any number is free.. is it possible to use something like that? in most of the cases companies do ask for the number to call and the spoof number to be displayed in the id.. so I think the companies operating in that area can trace them out.

    Pss.. Thanks for the comment.. and dear my company is in an area in cochi, in which the pin is blacklisted.. and u know where? Almost the mid portion of MG Road Lol… I need a cc coz i need to verify my paypal..!

  • Vishnu, the number thing is interesting ! Amazing stuff, wish someone from media found it – you’d probably be on the channels explaining what that number means. lol

    Sad to hear about the CC thing, what company is it? And I didn’t know that MG Road is included in the black listed area.