Monday, May 12, 2008

Lesson Learned: Don't Steal Macs!

A remote-desktop access feature found in some Macintoshes is being credited with leading police to two suspects in the burglary of an apartment in New York.

The feature allowed Duplaga to see immediately how the computer was being used at the time, as well as operate it remotely. Recalling that she had a camera installed on the computer, the fast-thinking Duplaga snapped images of one of the burglary suspects before he realized what was happening, according to the Times. Duplaga showed the image to friends, who recognized the suspect as someone who attended a party at the apartment.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Would you have thought to use this feature?
-If Apple can provide remote access to a Mac, IP agnostically mind you, why can't a PC natively do this?
-Do you think the police would have pursued it had it been a 10 dollar flash drive? A iPhone? A Dell? At what point does the item lose the ability to be pursued by authorities due to its worth?

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