Here's What Unsuspecting Iranians Do With a Stolen Laptop

By Olga Khazan

The Hidden app, which can help Macbook owners nab computer thieves by secretly snapping and sending pictures of the new owners, has inadvertently provided one Londoner with an amusing glimpse into the life of an Iranian family that is now in possession of his Macbook Pro.

Dom Del Toro, an animator living in the U.K., installed the app just days before his laptop was stolen. Somehow, it ended up in Tehran, and it's now in use by an Iranian family that apparently enjoys playing Jenga and wearing unusual headgear:
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The full set of photos the computer has transmitted can be found at his Tumblr. (Previously, an Oakland, Calif. man used the same app to Tumblr-document -- and eventually catch -- his own Macbook thief.)

No telling if these are the real crooks, but it's an interesting anthropological jaunt, at least?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/04/heres-what-unsuspecting-iranians-do-with-a-stolen-laptop/274933/