From Arizona to Nigeria to Chile, Absolute Software Helps Law Enforcement
Bring Criminals to Justice Around the Globe
VANCOUVER, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Absolute® Software Corporation ("Absolute"
or the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint
security and management solutions for computers, laptops and ultra-portable
devices today announced the Absolute Investigations and Recovery Services
helped recover the 28,000(th) stolen computer. Illustrating the value of its
Computrace® persistence technology and LoJack® for Laptops products,
Absolute Software has released a list of some of the top recoveries over the
"The Investigations and Recovery Services team works closely with police to
recover stolen devices. But often the most important impact is the forensic
evidence and other critical information we collect, which helps law
enforcement lay charges and put criminals behind bars," states John
Livingston, Chairman and CEO at Absolute Software. "Over 450 laptops are
recovered every month leveraging our powerful technologies, our team of
forensic specialists and former police officers, and our relationship with
over 6,755 police agencies worldwide. As a testament to both the expertise of
our Investigations team and forensic tools, we recently accomplished another
milestone, helping to recover our 28,000(th) stolen computer."
A laptop protected with Computrace was stolen from an office building in
Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The Absolute Investigations team identified two
different suspects using the stolen computer and passed over the details to
local police. The police obtained and executed a search warrant, recovering
the laptop from a woman who had bought the stolen laptop from a man in a local
mall parking lot. Thanks to the Absolute Investigations team, police were able
to identify the thief; he worked as a janitor at the office building where the
laptop was stolen. Police arrested the suspect and the case is now closed.
Violence in Nigeria
In Lagos, Nigeria, a family was awoken in the middle of the night by six armed
men who had broken into their apartment. After attacking the family, the
assailants stole a significant amount of property, including a laptop that was
protected with LoJack for Laptops. With the help of the Absolute
Investigations team, local investigators recovered the laptop and were able to
make an arrest. Today, criminal charges are pending against one of the violent
Major Recovery - Like Music to Our Ears Los Angeles is one of the top
locations people come to kick-start their careers in the music business. It's
also where some criminals see opportunity for theft. Earlier this year, ten
laptops, protected with Computrace, and production equipment belonging to a
music production company was stolen from a vehicle in Los Angeles. The
Absolute Investigations team worked closely with local police to recover nine
of the laptops found in various locations throughout the city including seven
different residences. Several of the laptops had been purchased through
Craigslist and a local pawn shop.
Laptop Recovery Uncovers $70,000 of Stolen Goods
In Arizona, a corporate laptop was stolen in a residential burglary. Using
Computrace and Absolute's computer forensic tools, the laptop was tracked to
an apartment building where local police not only recovered the laptop but
approximately $70,000 worth of stolen goods from two different residences. The
stolen goods included jewelry, collector coins, personal identification such
as social security numbers, and electronics. As a result of this recovery six
additional burglaries were solved in three different cities in Arizona.
Seven Laptops Recovered in Chile
After experiencing a wave of stolen laptops throughout Santiago, Chile, the
local police department sought to take dramatic measures to not only aid
citizens, but prevent future thefts by finding and prosecuting the offenders.
Working with the Absolute Investigations team, the Chilean Investigations
Police launched "Operation LoJack" in an effort to recover the stolen laptops.
After identifying many of the locations where the stolen laptops were used or
stored in Santiago, search warrants were obtained and executed at eight
addresses throughout the city. The operation was a huge success, with seven
laptops recovered using data provided from the Absolute Investigations team.
Office Burglar Locked Up
An office burglar was on the prowl in Philadelphia, stealing more than 30
computers over several months from various offices - including 10 laptops
protected with Computrace. Thanks to the Absolute Investigations team and
persistence technology, police were able to identify the location of one of
the laptops to a local computer store. After obtaining and executing a search
warrant, police recovered all 10 of the laptops protected with Computrace, as
well as three other stolen computers. Following this recovery, police were
able to arrest the burglar.
After returning from a weekend away, a George Mason University student found
his laptop had been stolen from his apartment. Luckily when the student
purchased the laptop he had installed and activated LoJack for Laptops on the
device. The student reported the laptop stolen to Absolute Software and local
police. Using Absolute's computer forensic tools, the laptop was tracked on
the other side of the world in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. After the device was
remotely frozen by the Absolute Investigations team, local police recovered it
from a residence. The user had purchased the laptop from a second-hand dealer.
The laptop was shipped safely back to the thankful student.
About Absolute Software
Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the industry standard in
persistent endpoint security and management for computers, laptops and
ultra-portable devices. The Company, a leader in device security and
management tracking for more than 18 years, has over 30,000 commercial
customers worldwide. Positioned as a Visionary vendor in Gartner, Inc.'s Magic
Quadrant for Client Management Tools, Absolute's solutions - Computrace,
Absolute Manage, Absolute Service, Absolute Secure Drive, and Computrace
LoJack for Laptops - provide organizations with actionable intelligence to
prove compliance, securely manage BYOD, and deliver comprehensive visibility
and control over all of their devices and data. The Company's Computrace
persistence technology is embedded in the firmware of computers, netbooks, and
tablets by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo,
Motion, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling
partnerships with these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information
about Absolute Software, visit www.absolute.com.
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