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Old 14th Jun 2018, 12:36
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iphone theft

The man at the apple shop assured me these motorbike thieves end up with an unusable iphone if uou use the "find my iphone" facility and then lock or erase.

I suppose if it is stolen while in use the phone is useable as passcode has been used but if not he said the passcode is unbreakable.

Is this correct and if so what is the point in stealing the phone?
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 12:42
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Is this correct and if so what is the point in stealing the phone?
Because the scum that does this kind of thing are the lowest of the low, pond life!

End of the news..............
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Even a locked cellphone has value. There are many companies who claim to be able to bypass the activation lock and if you do a search on ebay you find many phones advertised (and selling) where they are locked.

The "find my iphone" idea is fine for removing your personal data but it doesn't render the actual handset worthless.
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Google “iPhone jailbreak” for a glimpse into what can be done with a locked down iPhone, whether the lock has been applied by Apple, the cell carrier, and/or the end user.
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I'm sure that there's a value to unscrupulous second-hand phone companies to disassemble the stolen phones for parts, assuming that said stolen phone is in good condition.
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Even a locked cellphone has value. There are many companies who claim to be able to bypass the activation lock and if you do a search on ebay you find many phones advertised (and selling) where they are locked.
It's a lot simpler than that.
The phone can be factory reset by anyone with a computer by following Apple's instructions.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204306#recovery

I have done it myself a couple of times in the case when friends have forgotten their code.

In the UK I believe there is a system for reporting stolen phones by IMEI number and for all of the UK carriers to block the phone but I am not sure how well it works. It may not be in the carriers commercial interest to block any potential paying customer.

On many phones (no idea about iphone) it is possible to change the IMEI number but in the UK is is a Criminal Offence to do so. Criminals may not be concerned about this though.

A 10,000 machine can unlock the phone in a short time (by trying all the possible codes?) via the port in the bottom of the phone. Apple are now proposing to fix it to the apparent anguish of the US authorities. Unlock time depends on passcode length and complexity. 3 days for 6 digit passcode.

This Is the Box Used by Law Enforcement Agencies to Unlock iPhones

https://threatpost.com/apple-removes...cement/132842/
"One such device, called the GrayKey box"
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