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Some perl scripts to help track stolen computers
Authored by: joh on Aug 29, '06 06:36:44AM

I have thought about this, too. The most simple and flexible way would be to add some simple script that runs on boot (and/or on wake and then regularly) and tries to download and execute another script from your webserver. As long as the notebook isn't stolen, the file isn't there. If it gets stolen, you upload the file (which may contain commands to gather information, take a screenshot and send it somewhere) and you have an actual way to do whatever you want with the machine.

The nice thing is that this way you can add things to your script even *after* the notebook has been stolen, since the stolen Mac will download it. In the worst case (you notice too late that the machine has been stolen and don't upload a file soon enough before the thief reinstalls the machine) you'll still have an IP-address logged if the thief is dumb enough to go online with it at least once.



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Some perl scripts to help track stolen computers
Authored by: moxieboy on Aug 29, '06 07:34:05AM

This could open the door to someone running malicious code. I'd be very cautious about running code from the web, no-questions-asked, even if you do control the webspace.



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