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.
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.'