Canadian security researcher Stu Gale recently had his laptop stolen from his car, only to discover the thief logging into her Facebook account from the device soon after.
Gale had software installed that allowed him to track the laptop and remotely log into it.
The Calgary Sun reported that when the thief left herself logged into Facebook, Gale was able to go through her profile.
He obtained her listed phone numbers and friends list. Two Facebook chat conversations then started, during which he called one of the contacts and said the laptop was stolen and he would give the thief an opportunity to return it.
When the thief returned, she discovered the owner had taken over the PC and shut it down.
However, Gale had sent a message to all her listed phone numbers. “You’re on a stolen computer. I’ll go to the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and I’ll make you famous.”
He circulated the thief’s details on a Facebook group, resulting in the thief deleting her Facebook account and cancelling her phone numbers.
Although police believe an arrest will follow, Gale will not get his hopes up. “I’m realistic. I’m not going to see that computer again, but at least I got some comic relief,” he said.
Gale said there has been an increase in vehicle theft and valuables being stolen from cars in Cochrane, Canada.