Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Laptop beacon

I just heard this tip on the Feb 5th episode of Inside Mac Radio. 2600 - The Hacker Quarterly had an article on how to secure your PowerBook. He includes a php script that the will track the ip addresses that connect to it, and send an email when a new one is seen. Then a cron job is added to the PowerBook that will connect to that php script.

There also is a version of the script that will cause the PowerBook to run a command when it encounters a new ip address. (So theoretically, you could have the PowerBook wipe the drive or shutdown when it is stolen.)

One thing that I may add to this is sending the MAC address of the PowerBook. If you were to to this, you could track multiple laptops with this script.

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