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Iphone Theft

Smartphone Theft Plummets In Major Cities Thanks To 'Kill Switches'

Reuters | By Sharon Bernstein | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology

Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing "kill switches."

Gerry Smith

Major Player In Black Market For Stolen iPhones Pleads Guilty

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.17.2014 | Technology

A Michigan man whom authorities say was a major player in the underground market for stolen smartphones pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to trafficking stolen iPhones and other devices overseas, where they were sold for as much as $3,000 each.

Gerry Smith

Apple Just Made Your iPhone A Lot Safer From Thieves

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology

Apple's new mobile operating system quietly fixes one of the iPhone's most-criticized features: its allure to thieves. iOS 8, which Apple released ...

A Great Way To Protect Your iPhone You're Not Taking Advantage Of

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology

iPhone thefts are a huge problem, especially in New York City, where more than 40 percent of thefts involve cell phones. But there are steps you c...

Mugger To Victim With Flip Phone: No, Thank You

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

There's no reason to be embarrassed if you own a flip phone. Especially if doing so means your phone won't be stolen. New York City resident Kevin ...

Gerry Smith

Stolen Smartphones Are The New Cocaine

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be f...

Gerry Smith

Lawmakers Take Aim At iPhone Black Market

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.18.2013 | Technology

Two New York state lawmakers introduced legislation Friday that would make it illegal for businesses to sell used smartphones without proof of ownersh...

iCracked.com Sent Me a Replacement Phone, I Love Them and I Love You

Joe Peacock | Posted 10.17.2013 | Weird News
Joe Peacock

Holy. Crap. On Sunday, my phone was stolen during a poetry performance. Someone walked by my table and nicked it while I was talking. That in itself ...

To the Person Who Stole My Phone Last Night

Joe Peacock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Joe Peacock

I didn't want to believe it was theft when I returned to my seat after giving a poetry reading... I wanted to believe it had fallen under my table. But it hadn't.

Timothy Stenovec

'Gold' iPhone Would Be Natural Target For Thieves

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 08.21.2013 | Technology

The new gold-colored iPhone that Apple is rumored to be working on could be a hot target for thieves, experts say. There have been rumors for month...

Cops: Don't Use Your iPhone On Miami Beach

Posted 08.20.2013 | Miami

Police are warning against using iPhones in public in Miami Beach. It's a pretty dire directive for a city full of Instagramming visitors, but a r...

Gerry Smith

Inside The Massive Global Black Market For Smartphones

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology

This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be f...

Gerry Smith

NY Attorney General Aims To Crack Down Common Type Of Violent Crime

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.13.2013 | Technology

New York's attorney general on Monday became the latest public official to pressure smartphone manufacturers to combat thefts, saying the rising numbe...

Small Screens, Big Business

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.03.2013 | Crime
Arianna Huffington

In this week's issue, Gerry Smith looks at one of the less savory effects of recent technological innovation: the billion-dollar black market for stolen smartphones. And Lila Shapiro considers the career of former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey, nearly a decade after he resigned with the admission that he was "a gay American."

Gerry Smith

Undercover Police Stings Target Front Lines Of Stolen iPhone Market

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.28.2013 | Technology

This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be f...

Gerry Smith

Top City Prosecutor Says Apple Should Create Stolen iPhone 'Kill Switch'

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology

The top prosecutor in San Francisco wants Apple to design a "kill switch" for iPhones that would render devices useless after they are stolen. San ...

Huffington This Week: Crime Waves and Echo Chambers

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.22.2013 | Technology
Arianna Huffington

This week, Gerry Smith gives us an in-depth report on how smartphones and tablets, especially Apple products, have created an entirely new -- and very dangerous -- criminal ecosystem. And Michael Calderone reports that it's not just the Republican Party that's struggling to regain its footing, but conservative media as well.

Huffington: Issue 41

Posted 03.18.2013 | Huffington

This week in Huffington, we examine the linchpin of a black market that now accounts for 40 percent of robberies in the U.S. — the iPhone — and h...

Gerry Smith

How The iPhone Became An Object Worth Killing For

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.28.2013 | Technology

This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be f...

3 Stabbed Over iPhone

Newsday | Bill Mason | Posted 04.07.2013 | New York

Three men were stabbed while on a Queens subway platform Monday afternoon when two other men tried to steal an iPhone from one of the victims, New Yor...

Jason Gilbert

Alleged iPhone Thief Photographs Herself Using Stolen Phone

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Gilbert | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology

Do you know this woman? Police in Sussex, England -- and one miffed former iPhone owner -- are hunting for her, after she apparently stole an i...

Man Shot In Chest, Arm And Leg For iPhone

Posted 11.09.2012 | Chicago

Anthony "Tony" Kuber handed his iPhone over when two masked men confronted him near the 47th Street Red Line station on Monday in Chicago, but despite...

Pregnant Mother Robbed At Gunpoint While Taking Daughter To McCarren Park

| Posted 10.19.2012 | New York

By Meredith Hoffman, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer WILLIAMSBURG — A pregnant woman was robbed at gunpoint as she took her 14-month-old daughter to a ...

NYPD Urges iPhone 5 Users To Register Devices

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2012 | New York

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Smartphones do not necessarily make for smart owners. In response to a sharp spike in iPhone thefts from...

WATCH: Two Men Catch iPhone Thief And Capture On Video

Posted 07.27.2012 | New York

Two heroic New Yorkers stepped up to the call of duty on Thursday when a thief ran away with a woman's iPhone in broad daylight. The New York Post...