Pablo Escobar’s brother sues Apple for $2.6 billion

Roberto Escobar, brother of the Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist, claims security holes in Facetime led enemies to his secret hideaway.

From “iPhone X Almost Killed Me!!!” posted Tuesday on TMZ:

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Pablo’s brother bought an iPhone X back in April 2018, and he claims the security promise fell horribly flat. One year after buying the X, Roberto claims he got a life-threatening letter from someone named Diego, who said he found Roberto’s address through FaceTime.

In the docs, Pablo’s bro says he had to relocate for his safety, and lost a ton of money beefing up his security … not to mention the emotional distress he says he suffered as a result of the security breach. Roberto claims he had several assassination attempts on his life before buying the iPhone X, and only bought the phone because he’d been assured his info would be safe from hackers.

In the suit, Roberto says he conducted his own investigation after receiving the letter, and found his iPhone had been compromised due to a FaceTime vulnerability.

My take: A story made for TMZ, as long as you don’t look too closely at how Diego got his hands on Roberto’s address. Did I mention that to hit Apple where it hurts Roberto Escobar is hawking limited edition gold plated iPhone 11s for $499?

Warning: Click TMZ’s links at your peril.


  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    The FBI may want to become involved in this legal suit. I believe only a licensed attorney may represent another person in court. Apple has a division of attorneys, but so do the FBI. Is this an “Impleader” procedure where the FBI could join Apple in its defense against Mr. Roberto Escobar’s legal suit and then the FBI could initiate a thorough pre-trail discovery by means of interrogatories, production of documents, admissions and depositions and oh yes; iPhone devices! 🙂 Mr. Escobar may want to drop his suit, if this were to happen, or could it happen?

    May 26, 2020
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    This doesn’t even make it to the laugh meter.

    May 26, 2020
    • Fred Stein said:
      I must respectfully disagree as one who has watched many video’s with my grandkids of the adventures of Diego and Dora the explorer. It’s ironic, at least a chuckle.

      May 27, 2020
      • Jerry Doyle said:
        @Fred Stein: Agree! When I read this late last evening it was my last good deep chuckle of the day. Who would have thunk!

        May 27, 2020

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