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Wed Jun 5, 2013, 10:51 PM

Prosecutors Push for 'Kill Switch' to Prevent Smartphone Thefts.

Source: nyt/reuters

In a push to curb cellphone thefts, prosecutors for New York state and the city of San Francisco said on Wednesday they plan to meet with industry representatives to urge them to install switches to disable stolen smartphones.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said they will meet on June 13 with representatives of the four largest smartphone manufacturers.

They said they will ask the industry to place "kill switches" on mobile devices to render them inoperable when stolen, eliminating any incentive for theft.

"With 1.6 million Americans falling victim to smartphone theft in 2012, this has become a national epidemic," Gascon said in a statement. "Unlike other types of crimes, smartphone theft can be eradicated with a simple technological solution."



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/06/05/technology/05reuters-usa-phones-killswitch.html?hp

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Reply Prosecutors Push for 'Kill Switch' to Prevent Smartphone Thefts. (Original post)
elleng Jun 2013 OP
The Magistrate Jun 2013 #1
groundloop Jun 2013 #2
customerserviceguy Jun 2013 #3
blackspade Jun 2013 #4
Mnemosyne Jun 2013 #9
Downwinder Jun 2013 #5
proud2BlibKansan Jun 2013 #6
tblue Jun 2013 #7
quadrature Jun 2013 #8
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2013 #10
marble falls Jun 2013 #11
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2013 #12
0rganism Jun 2013 #13

Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 10:55 PM

1. How Long, Ma'am, Till Some Clever Youth Finds A Work-Around?

Electrical stuff is hardly my strong suit, but the young seem awfully nimble at it nowadays....

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 11:04 PM

3. That should make it easier

to render them completely inoperative if you're behind on your cell phone bill. You won't even be able to play games on the thing, or look up friends' numbers.

It already works that way with 'anti-theft' immobilizers on newer cars. Get behind in your payments, they'll stop your car, and tell the repo man exactly where to find you.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 11:06 PM

4. And this will also allow governments to kill

smartphones in the case of social unrest.

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Response to blackspade (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 12:43 AM

9. This ^^^ nt

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 11:06 PM

5. Why kill it when you can trace and track it?

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 11:19 PM

6. This is already possible with iPhones

Works like a champ.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 11:23 PM

7. Put one in guns too.

Also cars.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 11:24 PM

8. smartphones, etc,... will soon be a $10 giveaway ...nt

nt

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 04:04 AM

10. An anti-swipe swipe?

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:05 PM

11. It'll only escalate to the anti-swipe anti-swipe swipe. Or is it the anti-anti-swipe swipe?

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Response to marble falls (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:10 PM

12. Or if the program to defeat the anti swipe swipe is swiped.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 05:05 PM

13. haha, not the kind of "kill switch" i thought of first

Rewrite:
They said they will ask the industry to place "kill switches" on mobile devices to detonate small explosive charges sufficient to cause serious head wounds to anyone using the stolen phone, eliminating any incentive for theft.

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