Man Installs Spyware On Phone, Intentionally Has It Stolen To Make This Short

December 19, 2016


This is a short (twenty minutes short) from Anthony Van Der Meer who installed spyware on his smartphone, then intentionally had it stolen so he could track it and make this film using remotely activated photos, videos and audio recordings from the phone, as well as all the thief's own photos and text messages and calls. I learned a lot by watching it. Mostly that 1. it's way harder to get your phone stolen when you want it to be and 2. if you're not careful you can come awfully close to falling in love with the man who stole your phone. In the end though he will smell like hash and break your heart.

Keep going for the video, it's interesting if you've got the time (it's the week before Christmas, who's really working?) or you can just skip around to get the gist of it.

  • Magnus_Man

    That was really interesting.

  • bustedgiveadamn

    except he targeted people who steal bags not cellphones... no one had any way of knowing there was a phone in the bag... They needed to set the phone down on the ledge not a big ass bag.

    People who grab bags aren't nessisarily going to have the same skillset and ability and knowledge of the system as people who steal phones regularly

    Though maybe the phone by it's self wouldn't be much temptation to steal as it isn't a major brand. of those 17 phones stolen per day how many are other brands besides iPhone or Samsung? very few I would suspect.

  • CL114C0777498D

    as far as i could tell, they had the phone sticking noticeably out of the bag. the bag was to draw attention to the phone, and make its apparent availability seem more accidental.

  • Meh

    I hate these sanctimonious video's, oh I'm so sad so i did this amazing original thing and now i get views, yay me hipsters.

  • Jenness

    Spoiler alert.

    I think the inventor dude is the dumbest 'smart' guy.

    It's a criminal who belongs in jail. Why would you be stupid enough to leave all your personal information on a phone and your pictures - which have now been photoshopped and your face was probably pasted on nude bodies and on porn sites - which isn't a stretch considering what a sad perv these dude was. Just crazy that he can create something so tech savvy but then expose himself and all his contacts to a seedy arabic-speaking criminal.

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