Police Break Down Wrong Door Hunting iPhone

A recent burglary victim near Sherwood, Nottingham attempted to track his stolen iPhone with Apple’s Find My iPhone app on his iPad, only to have police bust into the wrong apartment. Maybe Robin Hood took it.

According to The Telegraph, after the owner of the stolen phone tracked it via GPS, police were sent to the wrong vacant apartment, leaving landlord Robert Kerr with a broken door. Kerr states, “how accurate are these trackers? I’m unsure whether they can pinpoint a phone to a specific house,” adding “the victim of the burglary has almost made me a victim by saying the phone was in my house when it was not.” Kerr is pissed. But Nottingham police have stated that they are not responsible for the cost of the door, as they’d “reasonably believed” that the iPhone and suspect were in the apartment they were directed to, adding that residents had tipped them off that someone appeared to have been inside the typically abandoned building.

The Telegraph also mentioned that some sort of phone tracking expert claims that while lost phone apps are impressive, they cannot pinpoint a single room in a densely built-up locale. In a review of some of the more popular phone-tracking apps, it was found that the Find My iPhone app was able to track a phone to a specific parking space in the lot at a Home Depot. Still, in the same review, the app wasn’t able to track a phone in a dense suburban neighborhood, putting the blue dot on the tracking map half a block away from the phone’s actual location.

Basically, phone-tracking apps can be useful in certain situations and environments, but are not a definitive fix for finding lost devices. Kerr has written to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in his country, in an attempt to recover the nearly £500 he’d paid for a new door. There is no mention of whether or not the phone in question has ever been recovered.

In related news, last December the Find My iPhone app was able to assist porn actress Jesse Jane in successfully tracking her stolen iPhone.

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Anonymous Threatens To Take Down Entire Internet

Anonymous just keeps on making grander threats, but they have finally made the greatest threat possible – shutting down the entire Internet.

In a pastebin post that we won’t link to for obvious reasons, a member of Anonymous posted a document called “Operation Global Blackout.” You may remember #OpGlobalBlackout from a previous Anonymous video that promised the take down of major Web sites, but this threat is a lot bigger.

Anonymous claims that they are going to take down the 13 root DNS servers that power the entirety of the Internet on March 31. They even list the IP addresses for the 13 servers to let other members join in on the attack.

They say that by cutting off these DNS servers, they will essentially disable the HTTP Internet. Anybody looking up something as simple as http://www.google.com will be met with an error page. They want to remind citizens, however, that they are not trying to kill the Internet, they just want to hit where it hurts most.

They outline the new tool that will be used to accomplish this goal. It’s called the Reflective DNS Amplification Tool. It will attack the root servers with static IP addresses that will allow them to keep on attacking the servers while the Internet is down.

They end the post with these words:

We know you wont’ listen. We know you won’t change. We know it’s because
you don’t want to. We know it’s because you like it how it is. You bullied us into your delusion. We have seen you brutalize harmless old womans who were protesting for peace. We do not forget because we know you will only use that to start again. We know your true face. We know you will never stop. Neither are we. We know.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
You know who you are, Expect us.

It’s hard to really tell if this is a true threat due to the decentralized nature of Anonymous. It could just be a baseless threat. We’ve reached out to one of the few confirmed Anonymous sources for comment, but have yet to hear back. If we do, we will update this story.

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“Polish Underground” Takes Down Government Websites

In Warsaw, a group call the “Polish Underground” targeted the Polish Government’s website. This comes following the weekends attack on websites belonging to Poland’s president, prime minister and parliament. The attacks are thought to be a protest to upcoming anti-piracy …

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