wiki:StolenComputers

Locating stolen computers

BOINC may help you recover a stolen computer. If a computer running BOINC is stolen:

  • Go the the web site of an attached project, and click on Your Account > View Computers.
  • Check the 'Last contact time' of the stolen computer; wait until it's after the time of the theft.
  • Click on the computer ID, and click on Show IP Address

This will show you the IP address from which your computer connected. If you supply this information to police, it may help them locate the computer.

Mapping IP address to ISP

You can perform a "WHOIS" query to know which ISP owns the rights to assign an IP. Depending on the continent, you can perfom the query from one of the following websites:

Europe: http://www.ripe.net/db/index.html (just copy the IP number displayed on the participant account in the "RIPE DATABASE SEARCH" textbox and click the "Go" button)

North America: http://www.arin.net/ (copy the IP number displayed on the participant account in the textbox above the "WHOIS" button)

Latin America and Caribbean: http://www.lacnic.net/en/ (more of the same)

Asia: http://www.apnic.net/

Australia / NZ / Pacific Islands : http://www.apnic.net/ but use http://www.arin.net/ for US possessions and Territories

Africa: http://www.afrinic.net/

Last modified 10 years ago Last modified on 02/02/08 05:30:36