Mark Bao teaches crooks not to steal from a geek


A laptop-thief has found out the hard way why you should never mess with a geek after his techno-savvy victim decided to humiliate him online.

Internet entrepreneur Mark Bao was understandably not happy when his MacBook Air was stolen earlier this year, and the 18-year-old assumed he would never see it again.

However a couple of months later he realised a remote backup program he'd installed on the laptop was still running and backing up files… presumably belonging to the crook.

After looking through the files Bao was able to discover the identity of the person in possession of the computer and reported them to the police.

But he didn't stop there. He also looked at photos and videos of the alleged crook, including a cringe-worthy one of him dancing in front of the webcam and uploaded it to YouTube

After the video - entitled "Don’t steal computers belonging to people who know how to use computers." - was uploaded it was watched more than 350,000 times.

This is said to have prompted the crook to return the Apple MacBook Air to police and contact Bao with an apology and plea to remove the video from the internet. He's not going to.

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