New stupid crime trend

We have all heard of the rising popularity of ransomware, in today’s virus scene. Today I learned about a trend that for the criminal is dangerous and stupid.

Apparently, would be criminals are stealing cell phones, then calling the victim and demanding a ransom at a specified time and place. For those of us who deal with security, this quickly stands out as stupid for many reasons, but most obvious I’d that all phones by law are required to be gps enabled.

Those of us who install anti theft software, are able to remotely track our phone, and provide police with the location data, along with ransom demand details, or if we felt strongly enough, we could just go get it ourselves. Those not so technically inclined can have the police track the phone by aid of the phone company.

Overall, stealing a phone, especially for ransom, just seems idiotic.

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