Theft

Police, media claim carrier, manufacturers aren't doing enough to prevent phone thefts, and here's why they're wrong...

Today the New York Times published a piece on the explosion of cellphone thefts, the rise of the black market systems that wipe the phones and resell them, and the efforts - or alleged lack thereof - of carriers and manufacturers in not doing enough to prevent the thefts in the first place. The piece approaches the problem from all the wrong angles, and here's why...

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Man who broke into Steve Jobs' home gets seven year prison sentence

Kariem McFarlin, the man who burglarized the home of the late Steve Jobs back in July has been sentenced to 7 years in a California state prison for stealing over $60,000 in items from the Jobs' home as well as technology and jewelry from homes in other surrounding areas.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City now available on the App Store

The wait is finally over, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is now available to download from the App Store. The 10th anniversary edition of the game has been revamped for mobile devices and includes high resolution graphics, updated controls and a host of new features.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City teaser trailer released, game coming next week

Rockstar Games has released a short teaser trailer for its soon to be released remake of the hugely popular Grand Theft Auto: Vice City game which will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game will be released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the games original release on the Sony Playstation 2 back in 2002.

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Police apprehend suspect in $1.9 million iPad mini theft at JFK

A couple of days ago some heisted almost two million dollars worth of iPad minis from JFK airport. Turns out, however, the culprit was more would-be-wiseguy than actually good goofella. Once again proving that no amount of law enforcement or manpower can equal suspects being less than clever, John Paczkowski of AllThingsD reports:

The suspect, Renel Rene Richardson, blew his cover by asking his co-workers for details about the iPad shipment and where to find a forklift a few days before the theft.

And yeah, no relation.

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ABC news uses location services to track stolen iPad to the home of a TSA officer

ABC news set up a sting at various main stream airports by leaving behind a total of ten iPads to see what happens to them when they get into the hands of TSA officers. The sting was setup after reports of 100’s of thefts by TSA officers from airports around the country.

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Stealing in-app purchases and what it could cost you

There's a story going around today about a new hack that appears to allow users to bypass iTunes and steal in-app purchases "for free". I put "for free" in quotation marks because, as Ally pointed out in her editorial on app theft, there's no such thing as free. This time, however, the cost could be something more than money. The way I understand it, the hack in question uses a proxy, requires you to install a bogus certificate, and change DNS settings. That allows the transaction to be intercepted before it reaches iTunes, and that's what lets it cheat developers out of payment. It's also what could let the hacker collect all your information instead.

And that's dangerous.

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AT&T reportedly readying new blocking service for stolen phones and tablets

If your iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen and you want to make sure no one else can use your voice, data, or messaging plans, but you don't want to block the SIM card entirely, it sounds like AT&T might have a new service that can help. The Verge has a source that says exactly such a blocking service is coming this Tuesday, July 10.

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iPhone and iPad theft in New York up 44% since last year

Recent data from the New York Police Department shows that the theft of iPhone and iPads have increased by 44% since last year. From the beginning of the year to April 15, 1,196 iOS devices have been stolen, while 831 were swiped during the same period in 2011.

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U.S. carriers band together to form database of stolen phones

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint have agreed to create a shared database of stolen cellphones in order to lock them down and reduce resale value. Once a phone is identified as stolen, carriers would be able to block it from getting service from any of the service providers.

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