iPhone stolen, need to find MAC address

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ety, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Ety macrumors newbie

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    My iPhone was stolen a few weeks ago, I know who did it but I haven't been able to prove it. I went War Driving past his house and found 3 Apple MAC Addresses. But I need to find my iPhone's MAC address to get the police and school to do anything about it. Would the MAC address be saved within the backup files on my computer? The MAC address are 00:0D:93:81:C1:40, 00:0D:93:85:6A:09, and 00:03:93:25:FD:73. I believe it is probably the last one, are any of the address similar to anyone's iPhones? This guy has stolen at least 5 iPods that I know of, and someone he was helping last year was caught with 8 iPods, about $500 in cash and a bunch of cell phones. I really want to put an end to it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. philhyde macrumors member

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  3. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Aren't there more ways than just a MAC address proving that he stole it?

    And all MAC addresses are random. You can't really tell, since it's on WiFi, it's all unique (no pattern in certain WiFi chip models and such)
     
  4. Hustle macrumors 6502a

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    Out of those three, its hard/impossible to determine which one belongs to an iPhone and which one doesn't. The Mac address should be on the box of your iPhone. If it isn't, it might be possible for your carrier to provide you with this information.

    While i know you're trying to prove that the person who's Wifi you're looking into has your iPhone, its actually illegal to connect to his Wifi without his permission, therefore, i'd think carefully before going to the police and letting them know you connected to his wifi and checked out the Mac addresses, unless, you directly got the Mac addresses from the products, and not the Wifi box.
    :)
     
  5. calvy macrumors 65816

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    Have any of you who've responded actually looked at an iPhone box? I just peaked at mine and didn't see a MAC address listed. Only IMEI, serial, ICCID, and a few other numbers, but none the MAC address. It may be inside the box somewhere, I didn't look, but I didn't see it on the outside either.

    Can you possibly check your router logs for the last time it was connected to your wifi network, and grab it's mac address from that session? Might be in the DHCP logs.
     
  6. mashoutposse macrumors 6502

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    Did you unlock your phone? If you did and left OpenSSH installed, you could log on to your phone from outside his house... There are probably files on the iPhone with identifying information.
     
  7. ygyssdsy macrumors newbie

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    While i know you're trying to prove that the person who's Wifi you're looking into has your iPhone, its actually illegal to connect to his Wifi without his permission, therefore, i'd think carefully before going to the police and letting them know you connected to his wifi and checked out the Mac addresses, unless, you directly got the Mac addresses from the products, and not the Wifi box.
     
  8. janey macrumors 603

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    The problem is none of those are similar to the mac addresses for bluetooth or wifi on my phone, which share the same first octets (00:1B:63). Unfortunately for you, all three mac addresses you listed seem to be some sort of Apple hardware. Would that be enough information for the police?

    MAC addresses can be spoofed, but no they are not random and there most definitely is a "pattern" in that something about some manufacturer along the line is in the first three octets. You can look up certain info about any given mac address here:
    http://standards.ieee.org/regauth/oui/index.shtml

    edit:
    That's sort of a grey area. He's broadcasting the ssid/mac addresses/etc and you're not actually connecting to his network. You're just stumbling across a random signal. Depending on what you do and where you live, it may or may not be illegal. IANAL.
     

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