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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: engelby on Jun 19, '09 02:26:42PM

I am just throwing this on here since someone took time to find my email address back and let me know that he had success with this.

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James,
How have you been, I would like to thank you once again on this
excellent set of scripts. I don't see your website online anymore. I
hope all is well. But I am emailing you because I have a success
story.

I had a laptop iBook G4 on a media cart with a Projector and Califone
speaker. My principal called me over and asked if I had the
laptop.... I told him "NO"... We asked around to make sure a teacher
did not borrow it or something. So once we decided that it is missing
we both got bummed out that someone would do this. I told my
principal that there might be a way to see if it is stolen or not. I
went to the web server and checked the logs and saw a different IP
that was not ours. I told him that I think we might be able to
recover this. So I looked at the logs to see how long its been gone,
and saw that it has been 4 months gone. I told him that the machine
is being used frequently and that I would initiate phase 1 to collect
data. A few days passed and saw the perp online and connected to the
laptop and started my investigation of who had it ( this is after I
contacted our school police and started the process of a police
report) to see if maybe he had documents that would give a name to the
perp while we waited for a subpoena from the ISP. I got lucky and
found some of his homework that he had done on the laptop. So the
next day I talked to detective and said that I have a name and a
possible address because I had several docs with his name. He was
very amazed on being able to do this. So the next business day the
detective moved forward to obtain a search warrant and then went to
the home and found the laptop. So after the laptop was noticed
missing. Recovery took about 4 days!!!

I hope you are doing well. Also I would wonder if there is something
similar for our windows machines. The detective told me that in our
district computers are being stolen almost on a daily basis with low
recovery possibilities and having this really helped the
investigation.

I am also going to add this to get wifi info on the machine and what is around.

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Resources/airport --scan

Thanks buddy for this little gem.
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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: drudus on Sep 26, '09 12:17:41PM

This is a neat solution but I have concerns about the use of the ftp user & password in the script. It's possible that the thief could use these to remove uploaded files & data. Depending on your hosting setup they could potentially meddle with your website, or use the access to try other attacks.

I think a simple php script on the server that accepts post data could reduce the risk a little, by at least removing the ability for the thief to gain access to the server if they are smart enough.



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