Idiot Thieves Stole PINs With an iPod Nano Covered in Duct Tape

Despite the repeated cries of tech bloggers everywhere, it would seem that the iPod isn't actually dead; it's just gone rogue. The newest ATM skimming scheme relies almost entirely on a MacGyver-ed version of your former, clickwheeled friend. How could you, iPod? » 1/09/15 4:30pm 1/09/15 4:30pm

​Traveling With Two-Factor: How To Access Your Accounts Abroad

With massive security hacks now coming on what feels like a weekly basis, two-factor authentication has become a modern necessity. But, leave the country and getting that access code can become a lot more difficult than just waiting for a text. Here's what you need to know and do before your next trip. » 1/07/15 12:14pm 1/07/15 12:14pm

The Clever Chunks of Code That Steal Millions of Credit Card Numbers

The United States is almost ready to join the rest of the world in the chip-and-pin credit card future. But in the meantime hackers have been stealing all our numbers left and right. Wired took a deep dive into the software that lets it happen, and the process is both clever and simple. » 10/01/14 10:16am 10/01/14 10:16am

Good news for Windows Phone users: Microsoft is bringing remote-lock and remote-wipe capabilities to WinPhone in a future software update. When it comes to you depends on your phone manufacturer and carrier, but this stuff is reducing thefts in other phones, so hopefully it'll be a good deterrent for WinPhoners too. [… » 6/19/14 11:00am 6/19/14 11:00am

The iPhone's Kill Switch May Actually Be Reducing Theft

Good news, honest law-abiding citizens: Police in NYC, San Francisco, and London all report that after years of rising smartphone thefts, the trend is finally starting to reverse. For the first time, reported iPhone thefts are dropping. See? Those security features do work. » 6/19/14 9:38am 6/19/14 9:38am

529 Garage: Crowd-Connected Bike Security for the Modern Rider

Stolen bike registries have been around since the early days of the Internet (which explains why so many look like they were designed in 1998) but most offer little more than a registration form and reassuring words. The 529 Garage, however, takes the venerable bike database model and gives it a shot of 21st century… » 5/29/14 1:30pm 5/29/14 1:30pm

San Francisco Is Using GPS-Tagged Bikes to Bait Thieves

Bike theft in San Francisco is high and rising, so the city's decided to take a technological approach to catching the culprits: tagging expensive bikes with GPS trackers so it can find out who's stealing them—and then charge them with felony. » 5/29/14 4:20am 5/29/14 4:20am

Lookout has just released its new Theft Alerts product for iPhone and Android which not only allows you to remotely locate, lock, and wipe your purloined property but will also capture a photo of the thief and email it (as well as its exact GPS coords) back to you. This premium feature, however, comes with a $30/year… » 5/28/14 2:26pm 5/28/14 2:26pm

This Mystery Bike Lock's Hidden Keyhole Makes it Un-Pickable

Picking a lock is surprisingly easy with practice. So the makers of this mystery bike lock came up with a brilliant and novel solution: bury the keyhole deep inside the lock mechanism. It's unpickable, because you simply can't get your picks into the lock. And it's got lock picking hobbyists stumped. » 4/26/14 5:00pm 4/26/14 5:00pm

The Smartphone Industry Pledge That Could Stop Your Phone Being Stolen

The likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft and other major figures in the smartphone industry have signed a pledge that will make it harder to steal cell phones—from July 2015, at least. » 4/16/14 3:30am 4/16/14 3:30am

Crooks Hack Into ATM to Steal Cash (Using a 50-Foot Tunnel)

Forget infected USB sticks and complex card skimmers: sometimes, the low-tech solutions work just as well. Now, a team of crooks from Salford, UK, has used a simple old tunnel to steal cash from an ATM. » 3/20/14 8:00am 3/20/14 8:00am

Mother Bequeaths iPad to Sons But Apple Won't Unlock It

When you die, don't forget to include your Apple ID in your will. Because, if you happen to bequeath any Apple devices to friends and family, they'll be useless hunks of metal and glass without the secret word. At least, that's what we're left believing after a standoff between Apple and a dead mother's sons. » 3/05/14 6:40pm 3/05/14 6:40pm

A TV Anchor Tries to Gift Bitcoin On Air, Is Immediately Robbed

This past Friday, Bloomberg TV anchor Matt Miller took an on-air opportunity to give the gift of Bitcoin to two of his fellow anchors during his "12 Days of Bitcoin" segment. And in a beautiful twist of karmic justice, punishment for running such an absurd segment in the first place, every last digitally invested cent… » 12/23/13 1:30pm 12/23/13 1:30pm

Phone Carriers Reject Anti-Theft Plan So They Can Sell More Insurance

Remember the idea to prevent cell phone theft with a so-called kill switch that would disable the device remotely after it had been stolen? Well, lawmakers are having the darnedest time getting a policy in place, in part due to carriers. Let me rephrase that: due to greedy carriers. » 11/19/13 12:20pm 11/19/13 12:20pm

The Best Criminal Get-Rich Scheme? Selling Stolen Graphing Calculators

You're down and out. You need to make some quick cash. You're not opposed to criminal activity. What do you do? Cook meth? Nah, just sell some stolen graphing calculators out of state. » 9/21/13 7:00pm 9/21/13 7:00pm

Crazy Criminal Stole $210,000 in Quarters From Rigged Parking Meters

A Buffalo, NY, parking meter mechanic was running a pretty lucrative criminal conspiracy one quarter at a time. Over eight years, he managed to steal $210,000, or five tons of quarters from modified meters. That's a lot of pocket change. » 8/21/13 10:09am 8/21/13 10:09am

Idiot iPhone Thief Leaves His Samsung Galaxy at the Scene, Gets Caught

Irony's a bitch. Alleged iPhone thief Travis Montgomery Snyder knows first hand. His smash-and-grab plot to liberate a whole slew of iPhones from a Virginia retailer went of mostly without a hitch. Expect for the part where he left his own phone behind. » 7/12/13 12:40pm 7/12/13 12:40pm

Hackers Stole $45 Million In Cash From ATMs Around the Globe

Waving a gun around at a bank is so 10 years ago. With a little tech on their side, a squad of bank robbers were able to snag a cool $45 million in cash with nothing but some hacks and few old key cards that had ATMs across the globe virtually printing money. » 5/09/13 4:59pm 5/09/13 4:59pm

How the NYPD Hunted Down an iPhone Thief in an Awesome Subway Chase

The subway is a prime place for phone theft. Snatch, grab, run. Whether you're getting on or getting off, you'll make a quick escape from your target. It doesn't always work, though. The NYPD managed to catch someone who tried exactly that trick by using Find My iPhone and following along on the ground in a righteous… » 5/04/13 7:17pm 5/04/13 7:17pm