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    Posted: 20 December 2008 at 9:58pm
Say you buy a possibly stolen lap top or any computer for that matter.  Is there a way to track it back down based on the IP address or something if you connect to the internet at any point?

All I'm gonna say is something came up and made me think about this.
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not by the ip address.

only way to do it(that i'm aware of) would be by serial number, or lojack. assuming the hard-drive was wiped after it being stolen that is. i've never heard of os's broadcasting serial numbers, but i wouldnt bet on it being outside the realm of possibility.
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Aye, your NIC broadcasts a fixed MAC address.  It is possible to spoof it, but I've never done it.

I'd avoid buying stolen hardware. 
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Originally posted by Darur Darur wrote:

Aye, your NIC broadcasts a fixed MAC address.

Yeah, but does that make it any further than the nearest router?
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There is software avalable that makes it possible to track a laptop when its plugged in, but by default, no
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I'm surprised I didn't get any sarcastic answers accusing me of anything.

Anyways heres the story, nothing big.  My brother in law is a thug whos in and out of jail all the time.  Hes currently out (although hes wanted) and I guess he bought a Mac for $100 but then turned around and sold it.  I was thinking that I would have bought it but then I was wondering if it was possible to track it down.
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Originally posted by High Voltage High Voltage wrote:


Yeah, but does that make it any further than the nearest router?


Not sure, but I have heard of cases where it was used against people. I'm not sure if they were on the same network though.
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Originally posted by Zata Zata wrote:

I'm surprised I didn't get any sarcastic answers accusing me of anything.Anyways heres the story, nothing big.  My brother in law is a thug whos in and out of jail all the time.  Hes currently out (although hes wanted) and I guess he bought a Mac for $100 but then turned around and sold it.  I was thinking that I would have bought it but then I was wondering if it was possible to track it down.
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Originally posted by mbro mbro wrote:

Originally posted by Zata Zata wrote:

I'm surprised I didn't get any sarcastic answers accusing me of anything.Anyways heres the story, nothing big.  My brother in law is a thug whos in and out of jail all the time.  Hes currently out (although hes wanted) and I guess he bought a Mac for $100 but then turned around and sold it.  I was thinking that I would have bought it but then I was wondering if it was possible to track it down.
Your sister sounds smart.


wth I didn't mean brother in law, I meant step brother.
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Originally posted by Zata Zata wrote:

Originally posted by mbro mbro wrote:

Originally posted by Zata Zata wrote:

I'm surprised I didn't get any sarcastic answers accusing me of anything.Anyways heres the story, nothing big.  My brother in law is a thug whos in and out of jail all the time.  Hes currently out (although hes wanted) and I guess he bought a Mac for $100 but then turned around and sold it.  I was thinking that I would have bought it but then I was wondering if it was possible to track it down.
Your sister sounds smart.


wth I didn't mean brother in law, I meant step brother.

Just admit you stole a laptop.
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haha exactly what i was thinking^^
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Originally posted by High Voltage High Voltage wrote:

Originally posted by Darur Darur wrote:

Aye, your NIC broadcasts a fixed MAC address.

Yeah, but does that make it any further than the nearest router?


The MAC address would probably be the only way to identify that computer but I'm not sure if it is forwarded beyond the first router. I think it might be but I'm not sure. In any case, you could avoid that issue altogether by buying a new network adapter and connecting to the internet with that. Or you could spoof the MAC address but I'm not sure what that involves since I've never done it.
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Originally posted by Apu Apu wrote:

I sense this thread getting locked. Bat signal? 


Yeah I was wondering if it would get locked or not.  I think this is quite educational.
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My friends PC got stolen, and someone hooked it up to the 'netz and it dialed home.

He had it doing automated calculation updating or something, and he saw the host was still receiving updates. I'll have to ask if he ever did anything about tracking it down. I don't think he did very much as the insurance upgraded him from a 1.2Ghz to a 4Ghz quad core, IIRC.

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Originally posted by Kayback Kayback wrote:

My friends PC got stolen, and someone hooked it up to the 'netz and it dialed home.

He had it doing automated calculation updating or something, and he saw the host was still receiving updates. I'll have to ask if he ever did anything about tracking it down. I don't think he did very much as the insurance upgraded him from a 1.2Ghz to a 4Ghz quad core, IIRC.

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Originally posted by Styro Folme Styro Folme wrote:

Originally posted by Kayback Kayback wrote:

My friends PC got stolen, and someone hooked it up to the 'netz and it dialed home.

He had it doing automated calculation updating or something, and he saw the host was still receiving updates. I'll have to ask if he ever did anything about tracking it down. I don't think he did very much as the insurance upgraded him from a 1.2Ghz to a 4Ghz quad core, IIRC.

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