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Experts Predict 67,000 Phones Will Be Lost During Olympics

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Mind your mobiles, folks.

London has been planning the Olympics for years, preparing the city for the massive numbers of people expected to descend upon London for the games. However, while you can expect to see crowds of tourists, athletes and journalists around London over the next few weeks, you should also keep your eyes peeled for thieves, as a recent survey claims they'll be working overtime during the games.

According to a press release over on Telecom Reseller, security company Venafi warns that an estimated 67,000 mobile phones are likely to be lost or stolen during the Olympics. Venafi reports that during any two-week period in London, roughly 50,000 phones are lost or stolen. As a result of the Olympics, London's population is expected to grow by a third, with the tube carrying an extra one million passengers every single day. Considering this swell in population, Venafi expects there to be an extra 17,000 mobile devices misplaced (be they lost or stolen) during the two weeks London plays host to the games. This, combined with the usual 50,000, brings the total number of devices lost during the two weeks of Olympics to a massive 67,000.

As if this weren't enough, thanks to the advanced devices many of us now carry around in our pockets, this means we'll be losing more than just our phones. Venafi says an estimated 214.4 terabytes of potentially sensitive data is likely to be lost or stolen when these devices go missing. Ouch. Better make sure you have a remote wipe app installed. That, and be sure to take all your belongings with you when exiting public transport or leaving one location for another. Of course, you should also make sure you keep your wits about you when it comes to pick-pockets and other thieves.

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    nao1120 , July 25, 2012 12:28 PM
    I can make predictions too. There will be 8000 Auto Collisions in one week at the Olympics.... ???
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    teh_chem , July 25, 2012 12:31 PM
    Sounds like "experts" need more things to do.
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    chewy1963 , July 25, 2012 12:44 PM
    They are waaaay overestimating this problem, I bet no more than 66,000 phones will be lost or stolen... 30,000 lost and 36,000 stolen.

    There, now I feel like an expert!
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  • 11 Hide
    nao1120 , July 25, 2012 12:28 PM
    I can make predictions too. There will be 8000 Auto Collisions in one week at the Olympics.... ???
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    teh_chem , July 25, 2012 12:31 PM
    Sounds like "experts" need more things to do.
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    chewy1963 , July 25, 2012 12:44 PM
    They are waaaay overestimating this problem, I bet no more than 66,000 phones will be lost or stolen... 30,000 lost and 36,000 stolen.

    There, now I feel like an expert!
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    neiroatopelcc , July 25, 2012 12:52 PM
    those more than 200TB data amount to an average of 3,2GB data per device - and many people still have cheap phones or inexpensive ones with only 128mb built in flash memory etc.

    I don't know how many phones will be stolen, but I don't think that there'll be an average of over 3GB of sensitive data lost, as more than half of that data is probably mp3 files, and I would think that at least 20% of those people have a backup of their data somewhere else.
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    A Bad Day , July 25, 2012 12:54 PM
    Thieves don't take vacation.
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    SoiledBottom , July 25, 2012 1:10 PM
    The Thieves from Bulgaria look pretty strong this year.....look for them to take the gold medal.
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    ojas , July 25, 2012 1:18 PM
    random prediction is random
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    shahrooz , July 25, 2012 1:22 PM
    it's called statistics not guessing I like it that science can do things which you can't believe so you take another step and make fun of it like a .....
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    eddieroolz , July 25, 2012 1:30 PM
    I'm sure they based their prediction off some sort of a calculation...
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , July 25, 2012 2:05 PM
    I predict the zombie apocalypse to start in London.
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    curiosul , July 25, 2012 2:45 PM
    SoiledBottomThe Thieves from Bulgaria look pretty strong this year.....look for them to take the gold medal.

    How dare you ignore the European champions at this sport? Romanians will steal everything (including Bulgarian's stolen gold medal)!
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    slabbo , July 25, 2012 3:18 PM
    eddieroolzI'm sure they based their prediction off some sort of a calculation...


    or based off how many these "experts" plan to steal...

    in other news these experts just posted 57,000 phones on sale at eBay! Get them while they're hot!!!
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    whiteodian , July 25, 2012 3:23 PM
    If any anyone readying this is going to the Olympics, don't forget to password protect your phone to prevent the Bulgarians/Romainians/Zombies from getting at your data.
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    c4v3man , July 25, 2012 4:54 PM
    Quite honestly, basing predictions solely off percentages of population, ignoring the actual population is lazy and baseless.

    Do you think some poor hobo is going to fly overseas to watch the olympic games? No, middle-class and rich people will be attending. The same class of people who are more likely to have smartphones.

    Security will be heightened... will that scare off thieves? Probably not. Will thieves from neighboring communities come down to get a piece of the action? Probably...

    In other news... 83.7% of all statistics are made up...
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    cloudberry , July 25, 2012 5:19 PM
    chewy1963They are waaaay overestimating this problem, I bet no more than 66,000 phones will be lost or stolen... 30,000 lost and 36,000 stolen. There, now I feel like an expert!


    To be fair, I would consider stolen phones to also be lost phones. Kind of like how all zombies are corpses, but not all corpses are zombies -- yet.
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    DroKing , July 25, 2012 5:50 PM
    Uhh This is what they spend their time on? Focus on STDs or some more important shit that can affect our healths not just losing cell phones for fudges sake!
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    stingstang , July 25, 2012 8:03 PM
    ZingamOh, come on! Brits, French, Spaniards, Portuguese are the biggest thieves ever. These nations have stolen so much gold from the Americas, India, Africa etc... Romanians and nobody else will never achieve what any of these nations have achieved in the history of robbing, mugging, thievery, racketeering and generally destroying stuff and foreign culture.

    Are you on crack? We have tons of black people making a living off of stealing phone in America! The market is strong.
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    woshitudou , July 25, 2012 8:31 PM
    Initial estimates were in the millions of phones until organizers realized the TSA didn't have access to the luggage.
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    superp , July 25, 2012 11:04 PM
    meaning what? there will be about 6700 experts attending Olympic?
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    back_by_demand , July 26, 2012 1:56 AM
    SoiledBottomThe Thieves from Bulgaria look pretty strong this year.....look for them to take the gold medal.

    And the silver, and the bronze, then eventually strip out all the copper pipes
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