“If they think you’re crude, go technical; if they think you’re technical, go crude. I’m a very technical boy. So I decided to get as crude as possible.” – William Gibson, JOHNNY MNEMONIC
Here’s a case of high-tech crime using a low-technique: according to the South China Morning Post, five men and one women were busted for smuggling one hundred iPhone 4’s and iPad 2’s (reported worth HK$300,000) across the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen in mainland China. To complicate matters, that particular stretch of border was of the river variety.
So how did the crooks sneak the iDevices across the river? By a simple wire and pulley system. Not only that, but the alleged mastermind of the smuggling ring was a Hong Kong man who had just gotten out of the slammer last month. His crime? The exact same smuggling operation, three years prior. (Not just a repeat offender, but a repeat suspender, if you will…)
Consider this an ironic counterpoint to the recent “fake Apple stores in China” stories.