theft

The iPhone's Kill Switch May Actually Be Reducing Theft

Good news, honest law-abiding citizens: Police in NYC, San Francisco, and London all report that after years of rising smartphone thefts, the trend is finally starting to reverse. For the first time, reported iPhone thefts are dropping. See? Those security features do work.


The Smartphone Industry Pledge That Could Stop Your Phone Being Stolen

The likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft and other major figures in the smartphone industry have signed a pledge that will make it harder to steal mobile phones — from July 2015, at least. The pledge sees the companies promise to enable every smartphone user with the ability to remotely brick and wipe their phones when they’re stolen.


Crooks Hack Into ATM Via A 15-Metre Tunnel

Forget infected USB sticks and complex card skimmers: sometimes, the low-tech solutions work just as well. Now, a team of crooks from Salford, UK, has used a simple old tunnel to steal cash from an ATM.


Mother Bequeaths iPad To Sons, But Apple Won't Unlock It

When you die, don’t forget to include your Apple ID in your will. Because, if happen to bequeath any Apple devices to friends and family, they will be useless hunks of metal and glass without the secret word. At least, that’s what we’re left believing after a standoff between Apple and a dead mother’s sons.


A TV Anchor Tries To Gift Bitcoin On Air, Is Immediately Robbed

This past Friday, Bloomberg TV anchor Matt Miller took an on-air opportunity to give the gift of Bitcoin to two of his fellow anchors during his “12 Days of Bitcoin” segment. And in a beautiful twist of karmic juistice for running such and absurd segment in the first place, every last digitally-invested cent was stolen immediately.


US Telcos Reject Anti-Theft Plan So They Can Sell More Insurance

Remember the idea to prevent mobile phone theft with a so-called kill switch that would disable the device remotely after it had been stolen? Well, lawmakers in the US are having the darnedest time getting a policy in place, in part due to carriers. Let me rephrase that: due to greedy carriers.


Crazy Criminal Stole $210,000 In Coins From Rigged Parking Meters

A parking meter mechanic in New York was running a pretty lucrative criminal conspiracy one coin at a time. Over eight years, he managed to steal $210,000, or five tons of quarters from modified meters. That’s a lot of pocket change.


Pirates Aren't Cool, Theft Is Not Trendy

Kim Williams is the now outgoing chief executive officer (CEO) of News Corp Australia. As the head of Australia’s biggest content creator, Williams is no fan of piracy, and gave a speech last year asking legislators to invent tougher anti-piracy laws while damning the NBN as a piece of infrastructure that will enable the fastest theft of content in our nation’s history. He resigned today, effective pretty much immediately, and as such its a good time to remind you of his legacy.


Google Algorithm Busts Chinese Car Theft Ring Entirely By Accident

Every sci-fi movie about inventions rising up to take over the world is built upon one unchangeable seed crystal: the moment when the technology does something its inventors never predicted. As The Verge reports, that’s exactly what happened to Google engineers in 2010, with a truth-and-justice twist — Google’s AdWords software exposed a Chinese car theft scam.


Idiot iPhone Thief Leaves His Samsung Galaxy At The Scene, Gets Caught

Irony’s a bitch. Alleged iPhone thief Travis Montgomery Snyder knows first hand. His smash-and-grab plot to liberate a whole slew of iPhones from a Virginia retailer went of mostly without a hitch. Expect for the part where he left his own phone behind.