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US, Mexico Teaming Up to Fight Cross-Border Mobile Device Trafficking

The Federal Communications Commission and its Mexican counterpart plan to announce an initiative on Tuesday aiming to cut down on theft and trafficking of mobile devices.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, along with Mexico’s Olavarria Tapia, will announce the project at a Washington, D.C., event. The move follows a U.S. effort announced in April to create a shared industry database to help prevent use of stolen devices.

In a statement, the FCC said that mobile theft is on the rise and noted there are reports that some devices stolen in the U.S. are being resold in Mexico and Latin America.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik