Finding IP through facetime. Possible? (stolen macbook)

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2011

    This is what happened shortly.

    I got my apple macbook stolen a few months ago from my house.
    Still missing.

    Yesterday my girlfriend called me on facetime.

    I wasn't at home and my actual computer (a new macbook) was turned off.
    But instead of getting the message that i was not available for facetime,
    she saw an unknown person answering the call.

    I'm almost sure this person is using my macbook:
    when it was stolen i changed my apple id password, but a few days ago i changed it back to the old one.
    And because I had automatic login on in the stolen macbook...

    What do you think i should do?

    Is it possible to track an ip through facetime? Does apple knows this ip?
    If so, what office should i call?
    I did not find anyone at apple store that could help me!!!

    I reported this at the police but they told me it will be almost impossible to get it back anyway
    (i'm not in the U.S. where things work!).

    Any help is really appreciated!
  2. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    I don't know exactly how FaceTime works, so they could be proxying things (probably not), but if you have an on-going connection to the computer that connection should show up in the output of
    sudo lsof -i
    Note that there will be a lot of other things there, so you are going to have to weed out the connection you want.

    But, this will only give you the IP address. If you are lucky you can figure out what ISP that IP address belongs to, and from there things just get messy, since most ISPs will want to have a court order to translate from an IP address to a customer or location.

    The best you can probably get is to then remotely log into that computer (by IP address, if you have ssh turned on), and try to use the camera to get a picture of the person. Note sure if that is going to get you anywhere either.

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