…Or IP address?
…Or may be some special types of equipment?
How Police Can Track Stolen Devices?
The software, Schwindt dubbed L8NT (short for Latent analysis of 802.11 Network Traffic), is a specialized wireless dongle with a suitable antenna that scans for and locates MAC addresses associated with the known stolen devices.
How does ‘L8NT’ Work?
If the particular MAC address is not in the L8NT database, it is ignored. But if there is a match, the L8NT user is notified.
By switching to a directional antenna, and using the signal strength meter in L8NT, the user can follow the signal back to the physical device.
Intelligence Agencies Used Similiar Technology to Spy
The documents also revealed that the federal intelligence agency was collecting MAC addresses in the United States Airports as well, and literally at other thousands of public places in the U.S.
Laws and L8NT
“However, physical examination of most devices is extremely difficult because of Constitutional search and seizure issues,” L8NT website reads. “In most cases, law enforcement is only able to create a report of the theft for insurance purposes.”