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Did Apple Staff Impersonate SFPD in Lost iPhone 5 Prototype Story?

iPhone maker Apple has found itself in the midst of another fresh controversy. Reports have surfaced that the investigators sent by Apple in search of a missing prototype of the yet to be released iPhone 5, were impersonating cops when they questioned a suspect and searched his family’s home.

If the reports are indeed true, Cupertino based Apple may find itself in the midst of some serious trouble as impersonating a police man and illegally taking advantage of his law enforcement power is a serious offence.

"It would be illegal and unethical both, but it would be easy for me to carry myself as a member of law enforcement. To walk the walk. To talk the talk. We call that in my field social engineering," Ira Victor, director of the digital forensics practice with Data Clone Labs and a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association said in a statement to Fox News.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the SFPD (San Francisco Police Department) has admitted the grave nature of the issue and said that the matter needed to be investigated now.

"If this guy is saying that the people said they were SFPD, that's a big deal," he concluded.

It remains to be seen how fast would Apple get out of this mess and get its iPhone 5 prototype back.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.