03 June 2020

Apple warns looters with stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked...

Apple stores have recently been attacked or damaged in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia, with looters stealing whatever products were accessible at the time. But this being Apple, there is a sting in the tail for anyone stealing a boxed iPhone from one of those retail stores.

It has long been known that Apple operates some form of proximity software that disables a device when it is taken illegally from a store. Until now, though, little had been seen of that technology in action. Well, thanks to social media, we can now see the message that greets a looter powering up their new device: “This device has been disabled and is being tracked,” it says. “Local authorities will be alerted.”

Looks like Apple will co-operate with law enforcement to retrieve products looted from their stores - fair enough. Shame that Apple won't co-operate with law enforcement to decrypt data on iPhones that belong to terrorists...

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