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 28,000th 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 past year.
"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 28,000th 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 offenders.
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
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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©2013 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace and
Absolute are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation.
LoJack is a registered trademark of LoJack Corporation, used under
license by Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack Corporation is not
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EP0793823, No. GB2298302, and No. GB2338101. German patent No.
69512534. Australian patent No. 699045. Japanese patent No. JP4067035.
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