track a stolen laptop via rsync

Jan-Benedict Glaw jbglaw at
Thu Oct 19 19:30:51 GMT 2006

On Thu, 2006-10-19 12:19:57 -0700, jerrytown <folch at> wrote:
> My wife's Windows XP laptop was stolen a couple days ago.  Every night the
> computer automatically preforms an rsync to a Debian Linux computer (the
> dumb-dumbs didn't steal that).  My question: if the laptop successfully
> connects to the Linux box can you think of anyway I can use this fact to
> track the computer (maybe an IP address from its location., etc.)?

Sure. Get the IP address and the exact timestamps of the session. Then
use whois to find out about the carrier this IP address belongs to.

Then email their abuse account (usually abuse at and ask
them for help.  If they're unwilling (most probably), go to the
nearest police station with your evidence.


      Jan-Benedict Glaw      jbglaw at              +49-172-7608481
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