They get the maps, crack them, copy them and distribute them on the Internet – so we can all use them !You may have heard the term "bricking" a device or satnav ?Many a “weekend wannabee” hacker has “bricked” (i.e.turned the device into little more than a house brick") a tomtom !Well it means destroying the main hardware, flash memory or other part of an electronic device, such that it cannot be recovered., Its of course an easy thing to do - destroying hardware can be accomplished in a number of easy ways.However when a person "bricks” this tends to be done accidentally - normally whilst trying to upgrade, hack or unlock the device.
That's why its appears to be almost as expensive to update your old satnav maps as to buy a new satnav.
They have found perhaps that they are driving through" fields" because the roads are not on their maps.
Perhaps also they travel for work and need to locate newer postcode areas, or find locations like B&Q, Homebase, Tesco, Sainsbury, Esso, ASDA or any other major retailer.
They don’t for example see copying a CD as the same as mugging an old lady for her purse !
Because of this, we are divorced from the act of “theft” and that’s why “hackers” or as I like to call them – “thieves” do what is termed in criminal jargon as the “heavy lifting”.