It’s All Done With Wires: iDevice Smugglers Go Low Tech

image credit: South China Morning Post

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.

image credit: South China Morning Post

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.

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