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Laptop Thief Mails Victim His Backed Up Data on a USB Drive

USB DriveStolen computer capers frequently culminate with negative consequences and heartbroken owners. Occasionally, instead of the usual stories of compromised personal data and half-witted criminals, the incidents produce heartwarming tales of redemption. A Swedish professor recently experienced such a distressing and eventually gratifying laptop robbery after a repentant thief attempted to atone for his actions.

A week after the professor's laptop disappeared after being left in an apartment stairwell, he reportedly received a welcome and unexpected package in the mail. Apparently, the conscientious perp had painstakingly copied the professor's expansive data onto a USB drive and then mailed it to the "delighted" victim. The only thing missing was a remorseful apology -- and the actual machine, of course.

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