Behind him is detective Matthew Broad. With an associate.
Gizmodo last week made the news big-time when it published gory details of Apple’s latest iPhone.
“Gizmodo paid $5K for an Apple iPhone prototype after Gray Powell, a hapless young Apple engineer, got pissed and left it in a bar“, said p2pnet yesterday, wondering, “Does that constitute receiving stolen property?”
Gizmodo had acquired the device from an unnamed person who picked it in the bar.
The site’s owners may have kept the identity of the seller to themselves, but they nonetheless decided it was OK to out the unfortunate Apple engineer.
When it found out its new iPhone was in the hands of an unauthorised person, Apple went bananas, which is no surprise given the company’s psychotic penchant for secrecy.
An investigation was launched and according to Business Insider, Broad, an ex-US Secret Service agent, says his LinkedIn bio, “busted into Gizmodo editor Jason Chen‘s house and seized all his computer equipment”.
On LinkedIn Broad says he’s currently a “Task Force Agent at REACT Task Force” and a “Deputy / Detective at San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office”.
He lists Bloodhound Forensics as “My company” but the website says it’s owned by Susan Broad, “previously a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service”.
Bloodhound says it “will ensure that your digital evidence is properly preserved to ensure that its courtroom value is not diminished or lost.”
It promises, “With prior law enforcement experience, our examiners understand that no stone should be left unturned. At your direction, our examiners will search for any and all evidence that might be applicable to your case. We will tirelessly work with you to locate the evidence that you need.”
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
left it in a bar – Gizmodo IDs guy who lost iPhone 4G, April 20, 2010
p2pnet – Gizmodo in ‘lost’ iPhone police investigation, April 26, 2010
Business Insider – Here’s The Cop Who Broke Into Gizmodo Editor’s House In iPhone Search-And-Seizure, April 26, 2010
tell everyone – ‘Why we outed iPhone 4G guy Gray Powell’: Gizmodo, April 20, 2010
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