Stolen laptop snaps photo of its new owners

first_imgIt is not uncommon to open your email to find a photo containing a relative or a friend, but a photo that shows the two individuals who are currently in possession of your stolen laptop is a bit unexpected. This adventure began when a 25-year old woman from Newport News, Virginia was burglarized on January 16th. Among the items stolen was her laptop which was setup to automatically email photos taking with the laptop’s webcam to its owner.On January 21st, that is exactly what happened, giving the woman a photo of two individuals who were using her stolen laptop at the time. Though the pair aren’t currently being accused of the original theft on January 16th, they are being sought for questioning by the local police to determine how they came in possession of the laptop. Those who may recognize the pair are encouraged to call the local Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.AdChoices广告A similar story occurred back in December when Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento had one of its Macs stolen. The Mac contained software called Undercover made by Orbicule which, once the Mac is reported stolen, will take a photo of the individual who connects the computer to the Internet and will even send computer screenshots at regular intervals to aid in the identification. These features work in conjunction with the software’s ability to track the computer’s whereabouts using Wi-Fi connections and if all else fails will even simulate a hardware failure by making the screen darker until the user can’t see it anymore. The hope is this will encourage the person in possession of it to take it to a repair shop or sell it on eBay to assist in recovery.Read more at WAVY-TV 10, ITExaminer and the Orbicule website.last_img read more