JP Vossen on 14 Jul 2010 00:48:00 -0700

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: [PLUG] Laptop recovery--useful data to collect?

Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 22:01:52 -0400
From: Gordon Dexter<>
Subject: [PLUG] Laptop recovery--useful data to collect?

I'm setting up my Eee 901 netbook with a 'phone-home' type shell script
that will collect various data in the event that it is stolen.  I used
to have Adeona but I found that DHT is no longer working, and that
didn't get webcam shots anyways, so I thought I'd roll my own.  The
script will check for a certain subdomain that I will only create when
the laptop is stolen, and then make a tarball with info that might help
me find the thief and get my laptop back.

So far I'm getting
*webcam frame grabs using streamer
*screen captures with scrot
*wireless network scan (iwlist)
*IP address and routing info of course

It's all uploaded to an https webdav server in my living room.  Does
anybody have any further suggestions as to information to collect that
might lead to the laptop's recovery in case of theft?  Anything else the
script should do that might be useful?

I know this probably won't do much in most cases, since professional
thieves will just format it and resell it, and it might still be hard to
recover the laptop even with all this info, but this is in part a
theoretical exercise/just for fun.  Ideas?


I'd be interested to see the script when you are finished.

JP Vossen, CISSP            |:::======|
My Account, My Opinions     |=========|
"Microsoft Tax" = the additional hardware & yearly fees for the add-on
software required to protect Windows from its own poorly designed and
implemented self, while the overhead incidentally flattens Moore's Law.
Philadelphia Linux Users Group         --
Announcements -
General Discussion  --