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  • Security Experts to Test Latest Anti-Theft Security Features Found in Smartphones


    Security experts are said to conduct a government-sponsored test of the latest anti-theft security features built into Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4. The test is to include the forthcoming Activation Lock feature that will be introduced via Apple’s upcoming iOS 7. According to a report from CNET, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have contracted experts from the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center to try and get past Apple and Samsung’s security systems.

    Both Schneiderman and Gascón said the following in a prepared statement:

    While we are appreciative of the efforts made by Apple and Samsung to improve security of the devices they sell, we are not going to take them at their word. Today we will assess the solutions they are proposing and see if they stand up to the tactics commonly employed by thieves.
    The experiment was announced as part of Schneiderman and Gascón’s Secure Our Smartphone (S.O.S.) initiative that looks to protect smartphone owners from violent theft and thievery, which they refer to as “Apple picking.” The test is supposedly set up to mimic real world scenarios in which a stolen device is deactivated prior to resale on the black market. Apple’s Activation Lock, which will be baked into the upcoming iOS 7, the original Apple ID and password used to activate the device are needed to turn off Find My iPhone, wipe the phone’s data, or re-activate it after being deactivated.

    For those of you who didn’t know, both Schneiderman and Gascón were optimistic about Apple’s anti-theft initiative but cautioned that they “reserve judgment on the activation lock feature until we can understand its actual functionality.” Thursday’s test an effort toward gleaning that information, with the two officials said:

    Finding technical solutions that will remove the economic value of stolen smartphones is critical to ending the national epidemic of violent street crimes commonly known as 'Apple Picking.'
    Results are said to be revealed in the near future.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Security Experts to Test Latest Anti-Theft Security Features Found in Smartphones started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. iM1sf1t's Avatar
      iM1sf1t -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnapIt View Post
      Yeah you got me there, I don't live in a $hitty state so that's not my problem. In all seriousness though, if you live somewhere that's $hitty enough where people are getting robbed at gun point for their cell phone, and you continue to choose to live there, well then once again this just goes back to being a dumb person.


      I live in Vegas and I see plenty of this kinda thing going on all the time. "DUMB TOURISTS" who get too drunk and don't know how to handle themselves and can't keep track of their stuff. So once again this comes back to "DUMB PEOPLE" who can't take care of themselves and wanna rely on smartphone manufacturers to protect their device because using common sense is just too much for them. :rolleyes
      Anyone else see the contradiction here... "If you live where this is happening, move because you're dumb... I live where this is happening all the time..."
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnapIt View Post
      I just tell it like it is. Can't help it if lames can't handle reality.



      Yeah you got me there, I don't live in a $hitty state so that's not my problem. In all seriousness though, if you live somewhere that's $hitty enough where people are getting robbed at gun point for their cell phone, and you continue to choose to live there, well then once again this just goes back to being a dumb person.



      Same statement above applies here too.



      Oh cool now were comparing items that cost thousands and thousands of dollars to a hundreds of dollars cell phone. I guess they should start putting alarms on candy bars too so that way if you leave your candy bar sitting around no one can steal it. Sounds reasonable.



      I live in Vegas and I see plenty of this kinda thing going on all the time. "DUMB TOURISTS" who get too drunk and don't know how to handle themselves and can't keep track of their stuff. So once again this comes back to "DUMB PEOPLE" who can't take care of themselves and wanna rely on smartphone manufacturers to protect their device because using common sense is just too much for them.



      I didn't see you give any examples? Couldn't think of anything yourself so you had to hang back and see if anyone else suggested anything. Proves my point on what kinda person you are. Of course you would support a topic on something that helps "wipe your a.ss" in life, common sense don't apply to you. Seeing as how you live in New Orleans though I suppose this should just be expected
      Why I need to give an example if the people are here telling you already about all of them... do you need to see more. With every single comment you make, I can see you are a little kid in need, If you are not a kid... then you have some trouble. I'm just sitting in here looking at your comments and laughing about all the things you are able to say, sometimes with no sense just to win an argument. No hard feelings. Ah I almost forget...
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Why I need to give an example if the people are here telling you already about all of them... do you need to see more. With every single comment you make, I can see you are a little kid in need, If you are not a kid... then you have some trouble. I'm just sitting in here looking at your comments and laughing about all the things you are able to say, sometimes with no sense just to win an argument. No hard feelings. Ah I almost forget...
      No need to respond to this guy(Snapit). Look at his status above his avatar pic? He's been banned LOL
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      @AGSchneiderman @SFDAOffice Crooks will: 1 turn phone off, 2 toss SIM, 3 turn phone on where no wifi, 4 change IMEI. Done!

      Activation lock wont help. Sayin...
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      No need to respond to this guy(Snapit). Look at his status above his avatar pic? He's been banned LOL
      I see... lol
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lohand View Post
      @AGSchneiderman @SFDAOffice Crooks will: 1 turn phone off, 2 toss SIM, 3 turn phone on where no wifi, 4 change IMEI. Done!

      Activation lock wont help. Sayin...
      This may not be 100%? But there trying to do something to help deter thieves. Well were talking about simple criminals here. Take/snag a phone and turn around the corner or goto the next city and sell it. Also Find My iPhone still works even without wifi. And who ever is buying the phone is going wanna see it working so there going to have to turn it on. So when they do Find my iPhone is going to go off. And this is me? If someone is coming up to you offering a cheap working iPhone. I'd be asking questions.
    1. recellseo's Avatar
      recellseo -
      Atleast they are doing their part to make our units more secure against theft i commend their efforts and more power!