Schneiderman Scrutinizes Smartphone “Kill Switches”

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is testing new security features on some of the smartphones most commonly targeted by thieves.

The idea is to see whether these add-ons really stop criminals from snatching phones by making them inoperable. More than 15,000 gadgets were reported stolen to the NYPD last year.

On Thursday in San Francisco, at the request of Schneiderman and the San Francisco district attorney, a group of security specialists is running tests on so-called “kill switch” features on the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Schneiderman says he wants to know whether these anti-theft features work as well as the manufacturers claim.