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Filmmaker Lets Phone Get Stolen So He Can Follow Its Path With Spyware

Having your smartphone stolen can make you feel paranoid, angry and sad about losing the irreplaceable files on the phone, but Dutch filmmaker Anthony van der Meer used the theft as a learning experience.

Because, unbeknownst to the thief, Anthony had installed spyware on his phone so he could monitor the phone and follow the thief wherever they went, thereby inadvertently helping him create his short film "Find my Phone".

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Anthony decided to set the trap and make the film after his first phone was stolen, which led him to investigate smartphone theft and make a startling discovery:

In the Netherlands, 300 police reports a week are filed for smartphone-theft. Besides losing your expensive device, a stranger has access to all of your photos, videos, e-mails, messages and contacts. Yet, what kind of person steals a phone? And where do stolen phones eventually end up? The short documentary ‘Find My Phone’ follows a stolen phone’s second life by means of using spyware.

-Via Laughing Squid


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I smell a rat. What smartphone thief does not know enough to turn off the phone and then reset it? Who does not have access the web portal that remotely wipes their phone?
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