Any plans of stealing laptops? Make sure you know who you’re dealing with! A London teenager accused of stealing a laptop during the recent London riots certainly didn’t do his homework on who he was robbing.
Greg Martin, an information security professional, came home to his West Kensington apartment last Wednesday to find that his place had been ransacked and his MacBook Pro was stolen.
He had installed an amazing open source tracking software from http://preyproject.com .The free software “lets you keep track of your phone or laptop at all times, and will help you find it if it ever gets lost or stolen,” the product’s website states.
A self-described hacker, Martin wrote on his blog:
“Almost two weary days had gone by [since the robbery], and I’m at dinner on a business trip in Luxembourg, and I received an email which nearly knocked me out of my chair with excitement.”
Soheil Khalilfar, 18, has been charged with handling stolen goods.
After two hours hours of watching him surf religious revelation videos, shopping for Mercedes A class on autotrader he finally popped onto facebook! This was the treasure trove of information, at this point I had the following:
His Name: Sxxxxx Kxxxx
His School: xxxx School Class of 2009
His address: xxx N End Rd London W14
His IP Address: 90.201.72.xx
His ISP: BSKYB
His wireless AP: SKY378xx
His Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=101952xxx
The thief’s Facebook information was the deciding piece of information for Martin — he sent the information on to the London Metro police and went to bed.
Mr Martin was staying at his girlfriend’s house, because of trouble near his own home, when the Macbook was stolen.Mr Khalilfar was bailed to appear before West London Magistrates’ Court on Friday.