[OLPC Security] Anti-theft and Anti-Sale ideas for Nepal
Simson L. Garfinkel's Treo 700p
simsong at acm.org
Mon Feb 19 12:32:12 EST 2007
>What is the average wage of a person skilled enough to disassemble a laptop
>in Nepal? Assuming that P_THEFT can be circumvented with an hour of
>access to the laptop, will any sophisticated theft protection work at all?
Why do you assume that?
>Yes, it may discourage the casual buyer, but if a laptop is sold to
>skilled enough (a local crime syndicate will have someone handy), it
>a question of return-of-investment.
>* Acquire the laptop from alcoholic dad - ($20)
>* Pay somebody to remove P_THEFT - ($5)
>* Sell the laptop - $80
>* Profit - $55
>Now please tell me how you want to stop that sort of business.
>Remember that removing P_THEFT includes removal of any activation and
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