[TriLUG] stollen computer
03 Oct 2001 15:19:25 -0400
It is probable that the user of the machine is not the thief. However
receiving stolen property is a crime. While getting the current user
back is probably not a good idea, using VNC or ftp to gather more
information about them is. If it is the stolen computer, the current
user is breaking the law by having it.
On Wed, 2001-10-03 at 14:57, Chris Merrill wrote:
> Ken Mink said:
> > And if he happens to pay his bills on line, you could really get him back.
> I feel the need to inject another possibility here...besides the obvious
> legal danger of doing something to the current user of your computer, please
> keep in mind that the current user of your computer may _not_ be the
> one who stole it. In fact, it's statistically likely that they are not. Most
> thieves steal stuff for money...not for the stuff. Immediately after stealing
> it they try to turn it into cash. It's quite likely that the current user of
> your computer is some unlikely schumck who bought it at a garage
> sale, pawn shop or out of the paper.
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