Busted by the contraband

10 Jul 2008
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Alison DeLauzon's camera emailed her from Florida where she had days before lost it in a restaurant while on vacation. It sent her pictures via her Eye-Fi memory card in the camera. It also emailed pictures of the perpetrators - employees of the cafe who swiped her equipment bag when she left it at said restaurant.

According to an article in The Guardian, the card automatically uploads pictures to a home computer or computer photo sharing service when the user is linked to a wireless network. The culprits apparently were in proximity to an unsecured network that matched the DeLauzon's home system.

Alison did not press charges against the two now-fired employees who had taken the camera. More important to her was retrieving all the snaps and videos of her infant son.

Better not think that only cameras can catch you - GadgetTrak of Beaverton, Oregon sells software for BlackBerrys, iPods and laptops that allows wireless networks to track a stolen device by taking information from the new users SIM card and emailing that information to the rightful owner. The software allows Apple's laptop cameras to send video of the culprit to the owner.

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