Apple security chief turns in his badge as scapegoat of the missing Apple iPhone 4S affair

Apple security chief turns in his badge as scapegoat of the missing Apple iPhone 4S affair
Apple security chief John Theriault has turned in his badge and is leaving the Cupertino based firm. That much is known. What is in dispute is the reason behind Theriault's departure. Some attribute Theriault's departure to his desire to take early retirement while others place the blame squarely on the bungled investigation of the allegedly missing Apple iPhone 4S during the summer.

Jon Paczkowski of AllThingsD confirmed on Friday that Theriault had left Apple and his sources told him that it was the screwed-up investigation of the missing Apple iPhone 4S prototype that led to Theriault's decision to leave Apple. A former FBI agent (G-man to you old timers), Theriault worked at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer where he helped stopped the sale of counterfeit Viagra that had popped up in Asia. It was precisely this experience in handling investigations of knock-off items that led Theriault to Cupertino where he was expected to handle counterfeit Apple products.

One night this summer, an Apple employee had supposedly left the next-generation Apple iPhone prototype at the Cava22 bar in San Francisco. Apple security got in touch with the SFPD. Apple had tracked down the wayward handset to a home and plainclothes police offices accompanied Apple investigators to this home. The cops waited outside while Apple's security members conducted a search of the house, looking for the prototype.

This behavior has led to an internal investigation by the SFPD in regard to the search of the house, which belonged to a Sergio Calderon. Calderon says he was coerced by the cops into allowing two Apple investigators to search his home. Calderon thought that the men who entered his home were police officers or, as said, he never would have allowed the search. Defense attorneys have said that by not identifying the men making the search, it was probably unlawful.

After the prototype went missing, Apple posted a job listing seeking product security managers who would be responsible for "overseeing the protection of, and managing risks to, Apple's unreleased products and related intellectual property."

No one has ever claimed to have the missing Apple iPhone 4S prototype and at this point, with the phone already on the market, we probably will never find out the true and complete story.

source: AllThingsD

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1. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Yes. The marketing publicity plan turned bad this year. Maybe next year we don't get the same stupid story "apple phone lost in a bar". It worked fine only last year

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

"it will be iphone lost in a zoo, chimps found annoying Siri until it crashed."

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Like I said when it happened and no diehard apple dork wanted to listen.. it was an ILLEGAL SEARCH AND (non)SEIZURE by the Apple Gestapo. Goo figure.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

and yet no charges filed against Apple...

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Lets face it Apple have never been and never will be on the right side of the moral compass,Gestapo is a suitable labeling alright though!

4. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

iphone 4 is identical to iphone 4s so how can anyone understand it was iphone4s?

9. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

becoz iphone 4(s stands for siri)

5. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Next year the iphone will be lost in space lol

10. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

HAHA please dont say that or else Apple will sue and search the universe just to find that dumb phone and probably the whole universe need to be closed (no fly zone?) until dumb phone were found

7. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

you do realize almost all phones are just adding one or two things and call it an upgrade right? everyone does it, not just apple.

8. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

at least make the design a bit more noticeable different they are so close identical that you hardly tell the difference at first glance until you sit down and look at it... THEN you know it's different

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Android NEVER does that, unless you count... Droid X 1 & 2 Motorola Droid 1,2,3 Incredible 1 & 2 etc etc etc

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Everything Apple done is unlawful. Im sure they will do it yet again for the next IP5.

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