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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are back, and this time they mean business. We've covered the doubtful duo before in reference to their efforts to get Apple to help stem the tide of iPhone thefts more than it already has with Find My iPhone, and we saw that they were "cautiously optimistic" when Apple announced Activation Lock for iOS 7 during WWDC. Now they want to put Activation Lock to the test, and with the help of the U.S. government to boot.
According to CNET, they're having specialists from the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center attempt to crack both Activation Lock and the Samsung Galaxy S4's Lojack feature, an app that can remotely lock the smartphone and its accompanying data for $29.99 a year. Announced during WWDC in June, Apple's Activation Lock is a native iOS 7 feature that requires the original Apple ID and password associated with an iPhone or iPad to erase a device's data and to reactivate it after it's been deactivated. The specialists will attempt to break into and erase the data much as a criminal would, in an effort to stem what Schneiderman and Gascon call the "national epidemic of violent street crimes commonly known as 'Apple Picking.'"
"While we are appreciative of the efforts made by Apple and Samsung to improve security of the devices they sell, we are not going to take them at their word," Schneiderman and Gascon said in a statement. "Today we will assess the solutions they are proposing and see if they stand up to the tactics commonly employed by thieves." Their efforts aren't without warrant--as CNET reports, the Federal Communications Commission revealed earlier this year that around 113 smartphones are lost or stolen every minute.
Schneiderman and Gascon expect the results to be in by the end of the day today.
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