Laptop Recovered with "Back to My Mac"

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News Posted: Sun, May 11 2008 10:20 PM
A pair of thieves were caught by the tech-savvy owner of one of the laptops they pilfered, using the "Back to My Mac" remote desktop software to find her Mac and take control of it - and to take a picture of one of the thieves, as well.

Here in White Plains, a break in the case came on Tuesday when a friend of Ms. Duplaga’s sent her a congratulatory text message on the return of her stolen computer. “She said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ and her friend said, ‘Well, you popped up as being online,’ ” Mr. Jackson said.

He said that Ms. Duplaga immediately signed on to another Macintosh computer and, using a feature called “Back to My Mac,” was able to gain access to her missing laptop remotely. She could see that that the person who had her computer was shopping for beds, Mr. Jackson said. Then it occurred to her that she could activate a camera on her laptop and watch the thief live.

At first, the photo application revealed only a smoky room and an empty chair, Mr. Jackson said, but then a man sat down. Ms. Duplaga, again using remote technology, typed in the command to snap a photo. “When you take a picture with that computer, it shows a countdown, and when it does, this guy figures out what’s going on,” Mr. Jackson said. “It all clicks for him, and he puts his hand up to cover the lens, but it was too late. She had already taken the picture.”


The thief wasn't unknown to the victims - both he and his partner had been guests at a party the victims had held some weeks before. A lesson to be learned? Hide all your electronics when you have a party, eh?
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Lev_Astov replied on Mon, May 12 2008 10:29 AM
Why the hell would it alert the criminals that they are being photographed? Otherwise, that's pretty cool. It should be more automatic, though, like the other real laptop recovery programs...

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Ha!  I love it!  It would have been hilarious to see the look on the thief's face. 

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ice_73 replied on Mon, May 12 2008 11:48 AM

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The thief wasn't unknown to the victims - both he and his partner had been guests at a party the victims had held some weeks before. A lesson to be learned? Hide all your electronics when you have a party, eh?





ugh, if the theifs were guests to the party, then the hosts (the victim) should of known them, or at least who they came with....

also this reminds me of the stolen sidekick 2 fiasco.

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