In France, mobile phone users were encouraged to register their phone’s IMEI number with authorities with the idea that once the phone is stolen, the police could block that phone from being used. But now thieves have apparently found a way around the registry:
However, the Paris police department has now announced that it has discovered the use of software called Z3X, which has apparently been found in 50 mobile phone shops in eastern Paris. Z3X is a Ukrainian-made tool that offers what appears to be a specific way to reset IMEI numbers on various specific phones, including models of Samsung, LG, NEC and other phones. The group has listed resellers scattered across the United States, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Libya.