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Track Your Missing Notebook with Pombo

Dec 04, 2009, 05:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dmitri Popov)

[ Thanks to Dmitri Popov for this link. ]

"The key component of the Pombo solution is a tiny Python script that runs on your notebook. The script runs quietly in the background and collects tracking information such as the IP address and information about all network interfaces as well as information about nearby wireless access points. In addition to that, the script can take a screenshot using the scrot tool and capture a snapshot with the notebook's webcam using the streamer utility. The script then packs, encrypts, and uploads the tracking information to a destination server.

"To get Pombo running on your notebook, you have to install the required packages. On Ubuntu and its derivatives, this can be done using the sudo apt-get install traceroute scrot pngnq streamer command. Next step is to generate a public key. To do this, run the gpg --gen-key command and follow the directions."

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