updated 08:00 pm EDT, Tue September 11, 2007
4 stolen MacBooks back
Orbicule has announced that Undercover, their theft recovery software for Macs, recently succeeded in recovering four MacBooks at once. This past April a K-9 school in Sweden fell a victim to a thief's visit. The school was broken into and 4 brand new Macs were stolen despite all entrances securely locked. The Undercover software installed on the Macs was able to take pictures of the thief using the built-in iSights, and take screenshots of the activity taking place, eventually pegging down the thief's home address.
The company says: "Within 9 hours of the computers being stolen, Orbicule’s Undercover software was transmitting screen shots from the stolen Mac, as well as snapshots of the thief himself. Working with law enforcement authorities and the local Internet provider, the physical address of the thief was obtained." On April 8, 5 days after the theft, the police called the victim to announce that the stolen computers had been recovered.
A single user license of Undercover costs $49, a household license is available for $59.