A wave of crimes invaded São Paulo, especially the capital, last month: citizens had their cell phones stolen and their bank accounts emptied soon after. After one of the largest operations organized by the São Paulo police against gangs in late 2020, one of the criminals said he was able to unlock any iPhone model, “from 5 to 11”.
According to Fabiano Barbeiro, responsible for the gang’s arrest, in order to “unlock” the devices, criminals removed the chip and inserted it into another unlocked device. From there, a survey of social networks was carried out, using the telephone number, in search of information about the owner of the device and data such as an email address.
Apple, which has been so involved in the fight to protect personal data, said it would not comment on the case. (Source: Unsplash, Power 360 / Playback)Source: Poder360
With the email address in hand — which prioritized extensions like @gmail.com and @icloud.com — they downloaded the files from the cloud and started looking for information linked to the word “password”. Criminals were also said to easily find access data to cell phones and bank accounts.
Upon acquiring the information, they return the chip to the original device and hand it over to the member of staff who is responsible for accessing it, transferring as much money as they could to orange accounts.
Procon-SP has demanded measures from telephone companies and banks. Since, after the police, they are the main ones concerned with the attacks, considering possible lawsuits and redress. The foundation has also maintained consumer guidance programs.
A survey conducted by Mobile Time cites that more than 60% of Brazilians had their cell phones stolen. According to the investigation of the Folha de São Paulo, seven of eight victims of the scheme were iPhone users, models 10 and 11. Questioned on Tuesday (6), Apple said it will not comment on what happened.