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05-13-2013, 06:35 PM #1
New York Authorities Ask Smartphone Manufacturers to Help Stop Smartphone Thefts
The Attorney General for the state of New York recently asked Apple and other tech leaders to do more to stop smartphone thieves and further aid in the elimination of a growing black market for the stolen devices. In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Eric Schneiderman called the company to task on not implementing tech to cut down on theft. The following was part of his letter:
I seek to understand, why companies that can develop sophisticated handheld electronics, such as the products manufactured by Apple, cannot also create technology to render stolen devices inoperable and thereby eliminate the expanding black market on which they are sold.
As of right now, a number of antitheft technologies are already built into many smartphones. Users can track stolen iOS devices with Apple’s iCloud-based “Find My iPhone” service, while AT&T offers a system that blocks stolen iPhones from accessing its network. According to critics though, these efforts don’t deter thieves who will typically hack a device to erase all of its data and basically make it brand new. Schneiderman addressed this issue in his latter to Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt:
Foreign trafficking of stolen devices has proliferated and an abundance of domestic black market resellers, including right here in New York, means as a practical matter that phones do not, contrary to your website’s assertion, become unusable.
05-13-2013, 07:36 PM #2
Next iPhone will come with a lanyard like the current iPod touch.
05-13-2013, 07:45 PM #3
what does he want to do, get the companies to make them undesirable, oh wait if they did that they wouldn't sell
sell the devices for less money, making resale value less which could relate to no point in stealing them
make the device self destruct after a certain length of time after it's stolen, not going to happen
it's not the companies problem, you do your job and find the offenders and let the companies do theirs by making desirable devices
we have insurance we can take out, their is find my iPhone, Android and Windows phone probably have something similar and there are alternatives to these as well
I think that should be enough and I personally believe there's already too much surveillance that invades privacy for my liking,
Edit: ah the lanyard, these bring conflict, person has phone yanked out of hand just for the thief to be recoiled by the lanyard, if said thief is the scared type, they just run off not too much of issue. If the thief is the kind that is willing to do more to get the device your stuffed, not everybody is a black belt
05-13-2013, 08:16 PM #4
iCaughtU pro... It's how Apple should have made Find iPhone.
Last edited by iM1sf1t; 05-13-2013 at 08:23 PM.
05-13-2013, 08:23 PM #5
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05-13-2013, 09:31 PM #6
05-13-2013, 10:09 PM #7
Why are the authorities asking manufacturers to do their job? Apple lets you lock your iPhone, so they've done their duty.
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05-14-2013, 02:28 AM #8
I seek to understand, why authorities who are paid to do a job, can't do it without asking others to do it for them.
05-14-2013, 07:30 AM #9
Pull the SIM card. Turn off the phone. Restore.
Find my iPhone does nothing. Jus sayin.
05-14-2013, 08:41 AM #10
05-14-2013, 09:01 AM #11
Any software that Apple puts on a device a work around will be discovered by thieves.
05-14-2013, 10:33 AM #12
05-14-2013, 02:57 PM #13
Forget all the technical bla, bla, bla for now. Apple could start by just stopping dirt-bags from boldly waltzing up to the "genius bar" and warranty exchanging stolen iPhones for "clean" ones. Sayin...
05-14-2013, 03:28 PM #14
05-20-2013, 08:17 AM #15
A problem of this kind of security app is if the iphone goes to safe mode, the app will not able to do anything.
05-20-2013, 08:23 AM #16