#GeorgeFloydProtest American protesters who looted iPhones from Apple Stores can be tracked, warns Apple
Riots and arson raged across the United States as angry and grieving demonstrators clashed with police, took over busy thoroughfares, stoned and defaced public and private buildings demanding justice for George Floyd, an African-American man killed in police custody in Minneapolis earlier in the week. The riots also hit the White House in Washington DC when protestors burned tires and other flammable materials at the gates.
While everyone in the US has been fighting for the justice of George Floyd the looters have taken advantage and started to loot the nearby stores. In this situation, a report stated that the most affected stores were the Apple stores. While this was not the case of one or two locations the attackers robbed the apple stores in multiple locations that included Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia.
Well here is something that looters should be worried about as Apple has a way to deal with these thieves. Apple, among other high-end retailers, has seen its fair share of attacks and has now taken action to protect staff and prevent further damage. It is well-known that the Cupertino tech giant has software to disable iPhones that are forcefully taken; however, not many people knew how it actually worked until now.
Apple has now put up a message on the stolen iPhones that reads “This device has been disabled and is being tracked”. The message is poped when the looter tries to switch on the device. A video posted on Twitter showcases the extent of this software.
Apple store in Portland being looted during protest pic.twitter.com/GqmGCOqRkt
— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) May 30, 2020
Here is also a tweet posted by a user that shows up the message popped on the stolen iPhones when the looter tries to switch on the smartphone
Nah son I swear to god I’d be heated 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/RoFxHV1lLm
— josh (apex male) (@onlyfanobtainer) May 31, 2020
The message reads “Please return to Apple Walnut Street. This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted”. This will make the looter throw the phone or sell it as soon as possible but they won’t think of returning it. Apple has also made sure that the stolen iPhones will no longer work until they are been returned.
Apple has taken step after step to try to render its devices worthless once taken, including the sticky “Find My” functionality that enables users to track down an iPhone. “If your device goes missing,” Apple says “put it in Lost Mode to lock it immediately and start tracking its location.” It is very shameful to hear that the country is fighting for justice but these looters are only thinking about their personal benefits.