So this may be beyond the scope of this forum, but I'm just curious if anyone knows...
My laptop was recently stolen, and I was able to the IP address where the thief used my laptop. Is there any way I or the police could get a physical address from this?
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You can then point the police in that direction and they can hopefully get an order for the ISP to turn over the log files for that IP address and narrow down who has your laptop.
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