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Do Not Ever Steal a Hacker's Computer

By - Source: Gizmodo | B 56 comments

This is what happens when you take a hacker's firstborn.

It goes without saying that you should never mess with a hacker. Stealing a hacker's computer would be like stealing his or her children.

Want to know what happens when a hacker gets his computer stolen? Check out this entertaining story that was relayed at DEF CON.

Skip ahead to 3:15 in the video to jump to the start of the story.

Do Not Ever Steal a Hacker's Computer

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    chickenhoagie , December 27, 2010 5:56 PM
    this is hilarious hahaha. This guy is the ****. I want someone to steal my stuff just so I could own them like this guy did:) 
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    oopsmyeye , December 27, 2010 6:05 PM
    zoz is my hero of the week.
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    Yuka , December 27, 2010 6:16 PM
    Nice teachings. I use TeamViewer + DynDNS to protect my babies and editable network config xD!

    But yeah, he got really lucky. If that computer were to be sold to another "knowable" person, he would've never gotten it back.

    Cheers!
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    angelraiter , December 27, 2010 6:24 PM
    Hahahaha! Awesome! But seriously! He got lucky this guy was retarded!
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    aeurix , December 27, 2010 6:27 PM
    The guy who stole his computer is a classic example of someone who applies for unemployment and welfare (as the new .pdf application forms on his desktop were proof).

    While there was a little bit of revenge and vindication for this hacker, most people never see their computer again...
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    dgingeri , December 27, 2010 6:27 PM
    it gives me great ideas on how to protect my machine. keylogger controlled by me, remote viewing software...

    (evil grin)

    whoever steals my machine won't know what hit him.
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    mel_gibson_ , December 27, 2010 6:27 PM
    That was pretty low-tech, all around. From its vulnerability to its recovery process.
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    jazz84 , December 27, 2010 6:31 PM
    Hey everybody! LOOK AT THE NERRRD!
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    znegval , December 27, 2010 6:39 PM
    I wonder how long will it take until someone talks crap about this awesome video simply because the guy owns a mac.
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    Vatharian , December 27, 2010 6:48 PM
    OMG, this guy did same things I can do with my windows box! He's awesome!
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    nurgletheunclean , December 27, 2010 6:52 PM
    He wasn't the thief though. Just some poor guy who bought a stolen laptop. Amusing story but the recovery was mostly luck.
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    killerclick , December 27, 2010 7:01 PM
    How did he know if this guy stole his machine or just bought it from someone? Also why show the pics of the girl? Also, why would a hacker use a Mac? All pretty weak in my opinion.
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    CoryInJapan , December 27, 2010 7:09 PM
    aww man JUSTICE feels so gooooooood
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    overclockingrocks , December 27, 2010 7:20 PM
    Even if the guy that the machine was recovered from wasn't the actual thief who gives a shit? Everyone from the original thief to I'm almost going to gaurentee the pawnshop owner who probably took said machine in are guilty of felonies ranging from posession of stolen property to B&E and receiving stolen property. I think it was pretty cool though that the guy was able to run all the software he did and piece it all together to get his machine back.
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    stingstang , December 27, 2010 7:26 PM
    See, Jobs? All your damn security didn't stop him from learning everything he wanted to about that kid.
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    BulkZerker , December 27, 2010 7:33 PM
    Jobs? Security? I don't think so.

    As. For hackers using macs, its simple. They are lighter, have better screens and generally have the best battery life. That's all a hacker really cares about. If he wants to bootcamp he can, run linux? Sure!

    Most hardcore it guys own macs purley because you can run the mac os easier than a hackintosh, and running everything else is easy as pie because linux and windows aren't picky about hardware like macs
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    itadakimasu , December 27, 2010 8:14 PM
    awesome video ! lol. Worth the 20 minutes to watch it.
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    Anonymous , December 27, 2010 8:16 PM
    Somehow I feel sorry for the thief. Even though he is a thief but to humiliate him like that is kinda sad in my opinion. At the least blur his faces on the pictures.
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    aaron88_7 , December 27, 2010 8:16 PM
    znegvalI wonder how long will it take until someone talks crap about this awesome video simply because the guy owns a mac.

    I've never been too fond of Macs myself, but honestly I now have a lot more respect for the machines, even if I never buy one myself. This guy needs to be on the Mac commercials, not the actors portraying douchebags!
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