Stolen Laptop Is Sending Its Owner Secret Photos From Its New Home in Iran (Updated)

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Dom Del Torto is an animator currently living in the UK. Dom Del Torto's laptop is a MacBook Pro currently living 3,000 miles away in Iran. This was not a planned separation.

In fact, Del Torto would desperately like for his laptop (and iPad, at that) to return, but both were stolen in early February after someone broke into his London flat. The iPad is still missing, but the laptop, which Del Torto cleverly loaded with Hidden App, came to life after about a month of not being connected to the internet to let him know exactly where it was. And what its new owners were doing.

So naturally, he decided to create the tumblr Dom's laptop is in Iran to document the hijinks and misadventures of these unassuming Iranian Jenga enthusiasts.


In all likelihood, These are not the people who stole his laptop. Plus, there's little he can actually do, since Iran is out of the police's jurisdiction—but he did, at the very least, get to make a new friend sort of a little bit. The whole tumblr is delightful, and you can check it out in its entirety right over here. [Dom's laptop is in Iran via The Telegraph]

Update: The story has a happy(ish) ending! The new owners of Dom's laptop discovered his site, clarified that they're not the ones who stole it, and asked how best to get it back to him. As Dom explains in his final update:

The innocent new owners of my laptop have been in touch and are mortified about the story and are keen to return the laptop.

Given the huge error of judgement on my part in sharing the story and failing to respect their privacy I have asked them to keep it by means of an apology.

Previously our images took steps to hide the identities of the Iranians in possession of Dom's notebook, but given the circumstances—and the potential for undeserved reprisals—we've removed all but one of them from this post, and hidden any identifying characteristics in the one that remans.

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Whilst I don't condone the theft of the laptop, the thing I take away from this is that 'Hey Look! Iranians are people too!' There is so much bad press about many countries, with videos showing them burning flags and rioting, building nuclear weapons that sort of thing appearing on the news all the time, it's sometimes hard to think of the population of these countries as anything else, but look at these pictures, they play Jenga! They listen to music, they have houses with coffee tables, Just. Like. Us.

Yes, there government is scary as all get out, and I'm not saying the things in the videos didn't occur, they most certainly did, but it's nice to see another side of life in the country.