06300863 is referenced by 158 patents and cites 3 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 a computer. This security system initiates the client 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 via a global network
Application Number
9/47030
Publication Number
6300863 (B1)
Application Date
March 24, 1998
Publication Date
October 9, 2001
Inventor
Gabor Solymar
Stittsville
US
Peter Michael Bruce Livingston
Pitt Meadows
US
David G Ashworth
North Vancouver
US
Fraser Cain
Vancouver
US
Christian Cotichini
Vancouver
US
Agent
Liu & Liu
US
Assignee
Absolute Software Corporation
US
IPC
G06F 7/00
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