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Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

barnyjr Re:I have cases like this a lot (765 comments)

While I'm not an attorney that would be the best person to ask this question of, we do have a lot of cases that have both criminal and civil implications...

I would say that the Salvation Army store would probably not be liable as they are not under obligation to protect a previous owner. In my opinion it would be like trying to sue a car dealership for failing to remove a social security card of the previous owner from the glove box. The original owner failed to protect himself and then likely lost any claim to action against anyone else.

Unless of course the store stated that they would "prepare" the systems to be ready for new owners by wiping them clean.

Even though they might not be liable, it's still sad that the manager wouldn't allow a few extra minutes to try to get rid of the personal info. Most people are ignorant of exactly how much they are giving away when they dispose of an old system.

more than 4 years ago
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Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

barnyjr Re:I have cases like this a lot (765 comments)

Well it depends on the agency. For most agencies in my area, you start off as a patrol officer and work your way up. A degree in an IT field or similar will help you stand out, although not always required. Then get ready for LOTS of schools to learn the methodology to not only get the information you're looking for, but to then prepare it for court.

I know that some agencies in other areas hire non-sworn personnel for computer forensics experts (typically larger departments). Also, the FBI has civilian (non-agent) examiners that have security clearances. They require a degree and likely some previous experience.

more than 4 years ago
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Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

barnyjr Re:I have cases like this a lot (765 comments)

If he's getting into the person's gmail account, it most certainly is. It's called "computer trespass" in my state.

But hey, don't take my word for it. I just do it 40 hours per week...

more than 4 years ago
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Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

barnyjr Re:I have cases like this a lot (765 comments)

You don't need jurisdiction to investigate it. You send out the subpoena, the ISP responds, and you then contact the local police there to investigate further. Most states also allow prosecution of Internet crimes in either the place of the victim OR suspect. Not to mention, the original theft occurred where the victim is at...

more than 4 years ago
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Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

barnyjr I have cases like this a lot (765 comments)

I'm a cybercrimes detective and computer forensics examiner in a Sheriff's Department and do this all the time. It simply requires a subpoena to the ISP that the IP address returns to. If the campus police and city police won't do it, try your county or state police agencies (both which also have jurisdiction). In my state, all police officers have power anywhere in the state and I could "technically" investigate and/or charge anyone with a crime anywhere in the state. We just don't typically do this because it's stepping on each other's toes. As a county officer though, I frequently investigate crimes involving cases inside city or town limits if that agency doesn't have the capability. If the IP address ends up being from another state, we just contact the local police there to ask for their assistance.

Keep asking and ask to talk to a supervisor if they are not helping as much as you would like. While there is no obligation from a police agency to necessarily do everything they can on a property crime, most department heads will do what they can to keep the public happy.

Like others have said though, you may simply get a return to a campus, business, or open wireless network.
Good luck.

more than 4 years ago
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Giant Guatemalan 'Sinkhole' Is Worse Than We Thought

barnyjr Sinkhole (357 comments)

My mother-in-law is in Guatemala?

more than 4 years ago
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PA Appeals Court Weighs Punishment For Students' Online Parodies

barnyjr Re:Accusations of pedophilia?!?! (319 comments)

Libel and Slander are civil law issues, not criminal offenses. Depending on the state, there may be some criminal laws that cross over (such as harassment or intimidation laws); however the terms you used refer only to civil issues that you can bring a lawsuit against someone for.

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Counter Microsoft COFEE With Some DECAF

barnyjr Re:And nothing of value was lost (154 comments)

And what is your basis for the statement that "prosecutors as a whole like to ignore" the 4th Amendment? I have worked with prosecutors on a daily basis for the last 11 years and have never ONCE seen them violate the 4th Amendment or encourage it to be done. I *have* seen it happen on the street, however. Either way, that has nothing to do with this. This is talking about a device that is used to gather incriminating information on a Windows-based computer. If that information is obtained in violation of the 4th Amendment, it's going to be thrown out in court regardless of the method used to obtain it.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised about what people claim that they know when they have no first-hand knowledge of how things really work. Instead they rely on vague generalities that "this stuff happens all the time" without being able to point to a specific example.

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Counter Microsoft COFEE With Some DECAF

barnyjr And nothing of value was lost (154 comments)

*Yawn*

Those of us in the computer forensics business don't use COFEE for real cases anyway. It's barely useful as a quick analysis tool for something you don't need to worry about presenting in court (thus completely nullifying the term forensics when talking about it).

Not surprised at all the typical slashdot anti-law enforcement rhetoric in here... especially all of the "innocent people will be saved!" statements. But I *am* a bit surprised that some of the commenters have said what they have. Do this many people really not want truly guilty people caught and prosecuted?

more than 4 years ago
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Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?

barnyjr That's OK... (582 comments)

I make my time back by slacking off at least 75% of my time at work.

The key is to *look* busy... and leave the cursor on the minimize icon.

more than 5 years ago
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Keeping Up With DoD Security Requirements In Linux?

barnyjr Security Breach! (211 comments)

"I've recently ***been fired from my job for telling everyone I'm*** a Linux administrator within the Department of Defense." ... fixed.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

barnyjr Re:Overpriced. (821 comments)

Not disagreeing with you at all. However, it's a basic marketing strategy to lower prices to sell more units thereby increasing overall profits. My point is not that they shouldn't be making money off of it... it's that they would sell more units if they lowered the price.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

barnyjr Overpriced. (821 comments)

Yeesh... apple is releasing snow leopard for $29 and microsoft is still pricing stuff like this? When will they learn that a lower price will likely increase the number of people willing to pay for it instead of pirating it.

more than 5 years ago
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Getting Beyond the Helldesk

barnyjr Use your skills in other areas (474 comments)

Working my way through college, I realized that I had no desire to be stuck in a cubicle all day long but my passion was still computer science. So I decided to use my skills in something more exciting. IT / CS skills apply in a lot more unconventional fields than you might realize.

I chose to become a forensic computer examiner for a medium-sized law enforcement agency. I get to use my passion in a job that offers lots of excitement as well. What other job can you spend weeks analyzing bits and pieces of a suspect's hard drive and then go kick a door in and make an arrest? To each his own, but this is how I made myself happy in my career.

more than 5 years ago
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Vint Cerf Says It's Every Machine For Itself

barnyjr Sounds great, but... (82 comments)

Yeah it would be great if it were "every man for himself" and everyone made sure to protect themselves. However, that idea went out the window when the internet became main-stream. If everyone that used the internet were tech-savvy enough to protect themselves, this would be a non-issue. So do we need to tell all of the older people, children, and computer-idiots that use the internet that they're just out of luck since they don't understand the complications in using such an open medium? We could, but I don't think that's exactly fair.

To me, it's the equivalent of saying, "OK you're of age to drive on the nation's interstate system. So we're not going to put up any speed limits or signs/signals/regulatory devices. It's every man for himself... good luck."

Unfortunately, educating people isn't going to cut it. And I wish it was. I'm all for putting banks and anything related to finances on a more-secure, separate network. Unfortunately, we can't rely on end-users to protect themselves.

more than 6 years ago

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Court rules again against vaccine-autism claims

barnyjr barnyjr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

barnyjr (1259608) writes "According to a story from Reuters:
Vaccines that contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal cannot cause autism on their own, a special U.S. court ruled on Friday, dealing one more blow to parents seeking to blame vaccines for their children's illness.

The special U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that vaccines could not have caused the autism of an Oregon boy, William Mead, ending his family's quest for reimbursement."
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New HIV Strain Discovered in Woman From Cameroon

barnyjr barnyjr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

barnyjr (1259608) writes "From the story: A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS was discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Medicine. ...The most likely explanation for the new find is gorilla-to-human transmission, Plantier's team said."
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WoW gamer earns Federal Investigation achievement.

barnyjr barnyjr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

barnyjr (1259608) writes "A teenager could face federal charges after investigators say he made online threats to kill Americans on a plane from Indianapolis to Chicago. According to investigators, a monitor of the online interactive game World of Warcraft saw the alleged threats in an on-line chat and called Johnson County authorities. She told investigators the chatter didn't seem like a game. Full Story"
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Best ways to deal with annoying co-worker habits?

barnyjr barnyjr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

barnyjr (1259608) writes "A certain person in my office uses his speakerphone for EVERY phone conversation.

It starts with the droning dial-tone and the number tones as he dials the number. It then quickly proceeds downhill to the prolonged screaming conversation. And naturally, he has a fundamental lack of understanding of the one-at-a-time nature of speaker phones, so huge portions of the conversation are repeated over and over again.

I've found several of the anonymous e-mail services where you can simply send your annoying coworker a message, but I'm looking for something more... creative.

Hopefully some fellow slashdot-ians can give some insight on what I can do, short of going postal."

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