06269392 is referenced by 216 patents and cites 32 patents.

A system for locating and monitoring electronic devices utilizing a security system that is secretly and transparently embedded within the software, firmware, or hardware of the electronic device. The security system may be embodied in internal memory devices such as ROM BIOS, ROM, Flash ROM, EPROM, EEPROM, electronic components such as modem, CPU, or hardwired circuits or integrated circuits of a computer. This security system initiates the computer to periodically and conditionally call a host system to provide unique identifying indicia and location information. In one embodiment, the security system calls the host through a public switched telephone network (PSTN) and transmits the indicia in encoded form. In an alternative embodiment, which may be incorporated concurrently with the PSTN application, the security system calls the host system through the Internet and provides the host with indicia encoded within the DNS query sent. The host system is able to identify the calling computer from the indicia and is able to physically locate the computer through either caller identification or by referencing the Internet links which were used to connect the calling computer with the host system.

Title
Method and apparatus to monitor and locate an electronic device using a secured intelligent agent
Application Number
8/871221
Publication Number
6269392 (B1)
Application Date
June 9, 1997
Publication Date
July 31, 2001
Inventor
Timothy S Woinoski
#206-2978 Burlington Dr., Coquitlam BC
US
Philip B Gardner
1955 W. 33rd Ave. #109, Vancouver BC
US
Gabor Solymar
35 Whalings Circle, Stittsville Ontario
US
Peter Michael Bruce Livingston
19318 118 B Avenue, Pitt Meadows British Columbia
US
David G Ashworth
3810 Regent Avenue, North Vancouver British Columbia
US
Fraser Cain
3727-B, St. George St., Vancouver BC
US
Christian Cotichini
1188 Richards St. PH#6, Vancouver BC
US
Agent
Liu & Liu
US
IPC
G06F 3/00
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