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Comment: Re:pushing theft into organized crime (Score 2, Interesting) 101

by Fred Nurk (#29194049) Attached to: What Is the Best Way To Track Stolen Gadgets?
I work for an IT company in Australia & we have recovered 2 laptops in the last 4 months that were stolen, 1 in Australia & the other in New Zealand. Both times the thief used the laptop to check hotmail accounts & face book, We set management software to email us when the laptop comes on line. We can use scripts to silently load a keylogger that uploads the info every 5 minutes to an FTP site or set the webcam to do the same if we need to. The laptop in New Zealand was just a case of connecting a VNC session to the machine & watching the not very bright thief log in to her facebook account. She didn't notice that we were watching her. Report her name & the details of the IP address to the police & they obtained a physical address from the ISP & she was arrested leading to one unhappy thief & one very happy customer. I know that other people who use the software have gone a lot further with logging info from the stolen device & have looked into uploading info from the microphone on the laptop & video streaming from the webcam. Admittedly this only works with dumb thieves as a reimage of the laptop would have wiped the management software but recovery is possible in some cases.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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