Santikos Theaters Claims Company Hacked Its Phone Lines


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Santikos Theaters alleges that a San Antonio-based phone company it once did business with hacked the movie chain after it decided to use another service provider.

After giving CBS Telephone & Data the boot, Santikos Theaters claims the company sought revenge.

"In response, the Defendants intentionally and maliciously hacked into Plaintiff's computer-based telephone system and caused it to play a recorded message advising all callers that the phone number had been disconnected," the lawsuit alleges.

Santikos says its investigators found an inbound call from CBS Telephone & Data that occurred 234 seconds before the Palladium line was disconnected.

"After Defendants disabled the first of Plaintiff's phone lines, they continued their reckless and malicious behavior by doing the same thing at least eleven more times to phone lines at Plaintiff's other theater locations," the lawsuit claims.

According to Santikos, CBS Telephone & Data allegedly spent hours hacking into the computer-based phone system Santikos previously purchased from the company, programming disconnected messages.

The lawsuit, however, does not say when the alleged hack occurred.

The Alamo City-based theater chain says the hack caused it to lose profits. Santikos is seeking between $100,000 and $200,000, not including attorneys fees.

The San Antonio Current left messages with both companies seeking comment on the allegations.

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