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Mike Temporale
08-29-2005, 07:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,68668,00.html?tw=rss.TOP' target='_blank'>http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,68668,00.html?tw=rss.TOP</a><br /><br /></div><i>"New York stock clerk who had his camera phone swiped from his car this month says he was able to peer into the life of the gadget's new owner. The thief evidently didn't realize the copious photos and videos he was taking with the hot phone were accessible through a web account. John Clennan, 23, says someone rummaged through his unlocked car while he was working the nightshift at a Long Island convenience store earlier this month. Several days later Clennan realized his Sanyo 5500 was missing from the vehicle, and he called service provider Sprint PCS to have the service cut off. Because the camera phone can only hold a limited number of images, Sprint lets subscribers upload photos from the device to a web account. "I decided to go and check out the web space and see if there were any pictures uploaded to it, and he had taken almost 40 pictures and five movies and uploaded them all," says Clennan."</i><br /><br />I've always enjoyed reading computer crime stories like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=smartphonetho-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0316528579/qid=1125321999/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1?v=glance%26s=books%26n=507846">The Watchmen,</a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=smartphonetho-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0316528692/qid=1125322377/sr=2-3/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_3?v=glance%26s=books">The Fugitive Game,</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;tag=smartphonetho-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;path=tg/detail/-/0060926945/ref=pd_sim_b_2?%5Fencoding=UTF8%26v=glance">Masters Of Deception.</a> [Affiliate] And now we've got stories like this one, and the recent events over at <a href="http://www.modaco.com/index.php?showtopic=227175&amp;st=0&amp;#entry664928">MoDaCo.</a> While these stories don't tell like the novels, they are interesting tales of how computer/cellphone crime is trickier than the average thief would think and are interesting reads. :)