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07-19-2013, 12:14 AM #1
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.
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.'
07-19-2013, 12:40 AM #2
So stupid how people think it's the manufacturers job to prevent theft. If you're stupid enough to get your phone stolen then oh well. Either tighten up and stop leaving your phone laying around or if you're too lazy then go get a TracPhone that no one will wanna steal.
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07-19-2013, 03:50 AM #5
I wonder how this security feature will affect the 2nd hand market of iDevices. I was looking forward to sell my iPhone 4S and go for the iPhone 5S/6 this year if the specs are good. I can't just hand over my apple ID details to the buyer....
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07-19-2013, 05:11 AM #7
SnapIt = Seriously misunderstood individual.....N O T, more like someone who is negative about everything and can do no wrong...JMHP
07-19-2013, 07:19 AM #8
^^While I agree with some of your statement, you need to keep in mind thieves stalk and case people with expensive smartphones. People have been held at knife/gun point over a cell phone. Its not just those that are careless..it affects all. They still make TracPhones?? haha!
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07-19-2013, 07:54 AM #11
So I think it *is* an important step.
When we did successfully recover phones, it became apparent that the 1st steps were to a) turn off wifi, b) turn off 3G. c) turn off "find my iphone" ... *IF* the device had a passcode lock, these handsets were often simply turned off ... I assume until they could just restore the iOS.do'h
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07-19-2013, 09:01 AM #14
So your not giving up your info when selling your phone.
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07-19-2013, 09:02 AM #15
One puts a lock on his bicycle not so a thief wouldn't steal it, rather so an honest person wouldn't be tempted to steal it. A thief will steal, it's in his blood.
Jailbreak team will help remove this feature:-)
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07-19-2013, 12:48 PM #17
I think the new security measures Apple is taking is great! It will definitely help crackdown on stolen iPhones. The problem will be getting customers to actually use the features...
07-19-2013, 01:36 PM #18
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07-19-2013, 04:18 PM #19
You are a very sad individual.... just because you live in Vegas doesn't mean bad things don't happen.. and your comment on you don't live in a $hitty state.. is not a valid point... bad things happen everywhere... last time I checked you guys do have a police department ... and I'm sure your taxes or your mommy and daddy's taxes do pay their wages... so if you don't need them... you should go demand your money back because you obviously live in the most perfect place in this world.. Las Vegas...
Stop being ignorant... the world doesn't just revolve around the United States... iPhones are sold around the world...
this is just a straight up ignorant response from an ignorant American..
Grow up dude....
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07-19-2013, 06:28 PM #20
"A government security test" following the NSA scandal.
*BRACE FOR TWITTER EXPLOSION*