Apple Software Theft Ring?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by neoelectronaut, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

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    I just got a note at work today (CompUSA) that we are to remove all Apple software from shelves as a theft ring with a magnetic key is making rounds...

    Crazy.
     
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    Kinda like an INKTAG™ on clothing?
     
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    Yeah I don't get it.. what are you talking about?
     
  5. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    USB key maybe? Copying installed software of demo Macs?

    ???
     
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    God damn but yellow's avatar is erotic.

    (Just thought I would add to the complete lack of sense in this thread.)
     
  7. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The magnetic key is the unlocking device for all the plastic clamshells that we keep software in.

    Ever walk into a computer store and see software in the clear plasic security devices? Apparently a theft ring has a bunch of the magnetic release keys and is making the rounds stealing Apple software.

    Thus, we've removed it from shelves.
     
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    We had a similar problem at RadioShack, someone stole a magnetic key and we lost a lot of Bluetooth headsets and Sirius radios, etc. I can understand completely.

    jW
     
  10. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    People would just smash the glass cabinets where I worked.

    I once found someone trying to melt a plastic sat nav case with a LIGHTER.
     
  11. emw macrumors G4

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    Interesting that they're not also stealing PC software. [​IMG]

    This may sound like a stupid question, but are all magnetic security devices opened with the same key? I mean, how do you change the combination? Change the polarity? How do these things work?
     
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    Not that Mr. W is planning on starting his own ring of software theft or anything. It's purely curiosity..

    [​IMG]
     
  13. emw macrumors G4

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    Ssshhh. You'll spoil my master plan! :mad:

    Besides, I'll cut you in on the deal if you'll help me out. :D

    But my question was serious - it just seems like a tremendous security hole, but I don't know how it works. I can think of ways to improve it though, depending on how it works now.
     

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