Absolute recently received a theft report concerning a laptop that a salesman claimed had been 'stolen from his vehicle.'  Soon after the 'crime' the computer logged onto the Internet and began checking in with our monitoring center.  This allowed our theft recovery team to extract information on the computer’s unauthorized user and location.  Guess where the computer turned up?  It was still in the hands of the user who claimed it was stolen!  He had falsely filed a theft report so he could keep the computer for himself.

 

You can read more of the story here:

 

http://blog.absolute.com/absolute-recovers-laptop-from-clever-thief/

 

This scenario brings up an interesting issue for those deploying laptops equipped with Intel's AT-p anti-theft technology.  Do you tell your users it's deployed?  Or keep its existence as much of a secret as you can?

 

In this example, informing this user that AT-p was deployed would likely have prevented the 'theft' of this laptop.  The salesman, realizing his laptop would have been rendered useless by means of a poison pill or a timer rundown, probably wouldn't have 'stolen' it in the first place.

 

However, the 'theft' resulted in the removal of a bad apple from this company - The one silver lining in this unfortunate incident.

 

So the question is this: When you deploy AT-p in your company, will you tell your employees it's there?

 

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Please note that any indictments and criminal complaints referenced in this post are merely unproven accusations, and the accused, in all cases, are innocent until proven guilty.