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Joshua Kaufman was able to track down his stolen Mac Book thanks to a security application called Hidden.
Hidden is a theft tracking application for the Mac operating system After installing the Hidden software, it lies dormant on the computer until the user goes to the Hidden website to report it stolen, activating the tracking software.
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The thief must actually be able to use the computer so the software can gather the information it needs to track it.
They managed to grab all of the typical gadgets you would expect to find in a young professionals abode including flat-screen TVs, DVD players, i Pods, videogames and 2 laptops.In the Digital Citizens Alliance’s recent report they describe how one female victim was left horrified after hackers manipulated her computer by showing disturbing imagery while she fed her baby - all while being recorded on webcam.While You Tube’s own algorithm has taken down many of these videos, the DCA has called on Google to police their service better, asking them to consider their own company ethos ‘don’t be evil’ when judging whether hackers making tutorial videos should be allowed to profit through ad-revenue.“Ratters don’t need any help getting victims, but they stand to make money from the RAT tutorials posted on You Tube,” argues the DCA’s Deputy Executive Director Adam Benson.To get the most out of hidden, the developers recommend setting up and enabling a separate password-free guest account.This runs contrary to the usual computer security advice, but it makes sense with Hidden.
“We found hundreds of tutorials with ads from well-known, respected companies.