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Laptop In Iran: Londoner's Photos Sent From His Stolen Computer Go Viral

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A graphic designer has told how he tracked his stolen laptop to Iran - creating an internet phenomenon.

Dom del Torto's MacBook Pro was stolen in February from his flat in North London.

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One of the images sent from the stolen computer

A month later, a security tracking app kicked in - and he was sent images of it being used by a woman in Tehran, 3,000 miles away.

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Dom's blog went viral

Del Torto reported it to the police in London, who told him there was little option of taking the investigation further.

Instead, he set up a blog, which went viral on twitter on Thursday.


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The 41-year-old told The Huffington Post UK the blog was not a covert advert for the software he used to trace the computer. The app sends sends screengrabs, a location and webcam images via email.

"When I told the police, they sort of laughed," he said.

"They said they could refer it to Interpol, but it was unlikely to go any further."

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Images taken by the webcam were emailed to him

So he decided to post the pictures online, seeing it as an interesting glimpse inside Iran.

"It was quite a funny story that I would share with my Facebook friends, and people started sending it on," he said.

The app does not allow him to send messages to the people who have his laptop.