Pablo Escobar's brother sues Apple for $2.6B, alleges 'lax' iPhone security

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Roberto Escobar, the brother of late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that his iPhone X was hacked via FaceTime.

Roberto Escobar had recently launched a foldable smartphone branded after his late brother.
Roberto Escobar had recently launched a foldable smartphone branded after his late brother.


Escobar, in a lawsuit obtained by gossip site TMZ, claims that his iPhone X was compromised and his physical address leaked. Through his own investigating, Escobar said the culprit was a vulnerability in FaceTime.

In the complaint, Escobar alleges that he received a threatening letter from someone named Diego one year after purchasing an iPhone X. He adds that he had to relocate for his safety and increase his security staff, and claims that he experienced emotional duress due to the situation.

Escobar said that he bought an iPhone X specifically for security, claiming that he had had several assassination attempts prior to the purchase. He was apparently assured by an Apple staffer that it was the most secure device on the market.

In 2019, Escobar launched a series of foldable gold smartphones with his brother's mug shot as a default background. At the same, he also said he would sue Apple for $30 billion for "cheating the people and selling worthless phones."
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  • Reply 1 of 20
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,638member
    Thanks, AppleInsider, for the comic relief on an otherwise dreary day!
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  • Reply 2 of 20
    Poor dude. “ He was apparently assured by an Apple staffer that it was the most secure device on the market. “ It doesn’t mean “fully” secure in my book. 
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  • Reply 3 of 20
    rumpelsrumpels Posts: 22member
    LMAO! 😂😂😂😂
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  • Reply 4 of 20
    hammeroftruthhammeroftruth Posts: 1,105member
    Is that in USD or Columbian Peso?
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  • Reply 5 of 20
    georgie01georgie01 Posts: 404member
    tabarnack said:
    Poor dude. “ He was apparently assured by an Apple staffer that it was the most secure device on the market. “ It doesn’t mean “fully” secure in my book. 
    It doesn’t mean fully secure in any book. No device is fully secure, not even a person’s own brain. Incidentally this is why we should not allow ‘back door’ access to devices, because we can’t make them fully secure even when we’re trying to. Introducing a deliberate vulnerability is beyond stupid.
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  • Reply 6 of 20
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    This just in:

    ”Apple CEO discovers half an iPhone in his bed.”

    More on this as we get it …
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  • Reply 7 of 20
    KuyangkohKuyangkoh Posts: 761member
    With his $B money he should have lunched his own satellites Orbiter Frequency and satellites phone-phones, hahahaha a more
    secured 
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  • Reply 8 of 20
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,817member
    So someone sent him a threatening letter
    I’d think being part of the Escobar family it would be a slow week when he didn’t get a threatening letter.
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  • Reply 9 of 20
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,883member
    He probably facetimed his mail. What a joke. 
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  • Reply 10 of 20
    This fool.  My mans and 'em took some Samsung Galaxy Folds, slapped adhesive gold colored foil on them, and called them Pablo Escobar Phones.  Classic example of the guy who didn't heed the warning: don't get high on your own supply.  Now he's spuriously suing Apple.  Sounds like he switch from nose candy to meth... or prescription opioids.

    PSA: Don't do drugs kids.
    cornchip
  • Reply 11 of 20
    And this is why we can’t have nice things.
    watto_cobracornchip
  • Reply 12 of 20
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Tough times.
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  • Reply 13 of 20
    seanismorrisseanismorris Posts: 1,624member
    Their mother must be admired, raising two mentally handicapped children must have been tough.
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  • Reply 14 of 20
    Dan_DilgerDan_Dilger Posts: 1,583member
    The "foldable gold smartphones" that Escobar "launched" was a scam that offered a device for $350 that buyers never received. It turned out to be an existing folding Android with a gold sticker on it.

    A second "Escobar Fold 2" turned out to be Samsung's Galaxy Fold with gold stickers on it, and a few of the devices were sent to YouTubers to create attention for the scam. Escobar was "reselling" the $1800 Galaxy Fold for $400 as part of a pyramid scheme to get sales, not to give away products for less than they cost. 

    Escobar isn't upset about Apple security of course, it's now "selling" an iPhone 11 Pro with the same fake gold foil remarketing scam. You can send in $499 and see if they send it to you. 





    TL:DR: YouTube is a fraud racket monetized by a huge search company that doesn't care.
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  • Reply 15 of 20
    I'd love to see how he quantifies that size of loss/damage to himself. Those figures will be eye watering in their comicness.
    cornchip
  • Reply 16 of 20
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 993member
    The death and suffering cause by your brother is incalculable. He got what he deserved. 
  • Reply 17 of 20
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    He should be more concerned about possible incoming warheads targeting his compound.
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  • Reply 18 of 20
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,638member
    I'd love to see how he quantifies that size of loss/damage to himself. Those figures will be eye watering in their comicness.
    Well, if he manages to get the case moved to Southern Texas he might get more than he’s asking for. American juries love handing out money to anyone who sues Apple. Just saying. /s
  • Reply 19 of 20
    icoco3icoco3 Posts: 1,471member
    ...TL:DR: YouTube is a fraud racket monetized by a huge search company that doesn't care.
    Stop it, they do care...about their bottom line that is.
  • Reply 20 of 20
    It takes a special genetic makeup to allow for that kind of brazen behavior. Further fed by media glorifying the narco culture.
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