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Mobile tech taught to turn on thieves


Stolen mobile telephones are being taught to turn against thieves by sending home word of where they are and letting owners snoop on calls.

Maverick Mobile won accolades at a recent DEMO gathering of 72 startups in Southern California by debuting software that lets rightful owners track swiped mobile telephones and torment whoever has them.

"After losing two mobile devices, one in a London cab and another in a big Indian wedding, I went through a lot of heartburn and stress," Maverick founder Sujit Jain said while introducing Secure Mobile at DEMO.

"That gave birth to a product which will not just secure your device but the data as well in case of loss or theft."

Maverick Secure Mobile software installs in the hardware of mobile telephones, not in the changeable SIM cards that identify users to telecom service providers.


The application runs in an unseen "hidden mode" in mobile telephones, encrypting contact numbers and other data if crooks puts new SIM cards in the handsets.

The India-based firm's software also retrieves contact lists from devices and sends new SIM card telephone number and location data to mobile telephones designated by original owners.

The application also sends copies of any telephone numbers a thief has called and copies of text messages he or she may send.

"And its all sent using their data plan, so the best part is the thief pays for it," Jain said.

Owners of stolen devices are given the power to disable stolen mobile telephones or make them play blaring alarms that only stop when the batteries are out. Replacing a battery re-initiates the irritating sound.

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