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Laptop Drive Encryption Software: Thieves Literally Snatch A Laptop Computer From User's Hands At A Starbucks

Three men in Phoenix, Arizona have been arrested for stealing laptops from coffee shops.  I've read of a handful incidences over the years where people steal laptops from their owners at coffee shops; those, however, generally tend to be acts of stupidity, with the thieves trying to get away on foot.  In this case, it was inarguably premeditated.

Of course, the theft of laptop computers from coffee houses is nothing new, and the need for hard disk encryption like AlertBoot, if working out of a coffee shop, is old news.

Getaway Car Readied

According to kpho.com, this is how the crime went down on their last caper: three men drove around town and visited a number of coffee houses.  They went through the parking lot of an establishment several times.  Two of the men stepped out of the car and went into the coffee house, the third remaining behind in the car -- no doubt, with the engine running.

Of the two men who left the car, one opened the door and the other went in and "unplugged and snatched" the laptop -- while the owner was typing on it!  The two jumped into the car and the group drove off.

Was Disk Encryption Used?

Was it?  Does it really matter?  The getaway car was under police surveillance, so the owner of the laptop got his device back shortly.  However, not everyone can count on such luck for the return of their stolen laptops -- and more importantly, their data.  The only reason police were put on the trio's tail is because there were a string of similar thefts.  Previous victims haven't, as far as I know, received their laptops back.

So, yeah, the question of whether encryption software was used does matter.  I don't know the answer to this question, but I can kind of guess what went on in the owner's mind.

For some reason, we tend to think that our devices are safe if they are within our reach (such as right under our noses). Generally, we are right.  But, the occasional evidence to the contrary shows how tenuous that belief is.

 

Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.kpho.com/story/18310996/3-arrested-in-string-of-laptop-thefts-from-coffee-shops

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.