Loosing your moko

Didier Raboud didier at raboud.com
Wed Apr 9 11:32:03 CEST 2008

Flemming Richter Mikkelsen wrote:

> On 4/7/08, Didier Raboud <didier at raboud.com>
> wrote:
>> * If I loose or let my Moko being stolen, I can find my connection
>> parameters (on the paper) and go to track.openmoko.com and there I can
>> find
>> 24 coordinates a day. This could help me find it back or help the police
>> find it back. Of course, if the Moko is turned off, it won't be possible
>> to
>> track it. But as soon as it is turned on again (even if flashed with
>> default image), it will restart to send coordinates to the default server
>> with its SIM-change and flash-change prone ID.
> There is only one problem with this. If the phone is flashed, the the
> flash will be erased/overwritten and the program to transmit the
> coordinates will be gone.

Actually, (wondering, because I have no technical skills undergoing my
theory...) if the _standard_ image (the one you get after flashing [0], the
standard one you would get from openmoko.[com|org|whatever]) contains that
software, it would be resistant to people not able to build an own image.

The whole idea is there : build this anti-steal program INTO the standard
openmoko image, so that the _default_ behavior of any Neo would be to send
its coordinates to an openmoko server. The access to this server would be
granted by the paper sent _with_ the Neo, linked to the serial
(non-modifiable) number of it. (This assumes that this precious paper would
not be lost/stolen with the Neo.)

This needs strong intrusion of OpenMoko (or its community) into the standard
image to be shipped with the Neos.

Anyway, as I see it, it _should work_ :)



[0] I understand "flashing" as for a certain number of devices : "reset the
original image" => if this original image contains the tracker, we're OK.

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