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    Apple Airtag - multiple uses

    Seen a few news stories on this already, was on the beeb as well: a device being co-opted for stalking.

    Police across the US have received reports of devices intended to help locate lost items being used for nefarious purposes

    In early January, Brooks Nader, a 26-year-old Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, was walking home alone from a night out in New York when she received a disturbing iPhone notification telling her she was carrying an “unknown accessory”.


    “This item has been moving with you for a while,” the alert read. “The owner can see its location.”


    That’s when she knew “something wasn’t right”, Nader told the NBC news program Today. Nader discovered that somebody had slipped an Apple AirTag into her coat pocket while she was sitting in a restaurant earlier. Unbeknown to her, the device tracked her location for four hours before Apple’s abuse prevention system triggered the notification to her phone.


    How Apple’s AirTag turns us into unwitting spies in a vast surveillance network


    AirTags are wireless, quarter-sized Bluetooth devices that retail for $29 each. Apple launched the product in April 2021 as tracking tools that users can pair with the company’s Find My app to help locate lost belongings, like backpacks or car keys.


    Yet AirTags have proven easy to abuse – police in New York, Maryland, Idaho, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Texas and elsewhere both within the US and internationally, have reported instances of AirTags being used to stalk individuals, as well as to target cars for theft.


    Last week, the New Jersey Regional Operations & Intelligence Center issued a warning to police that AirTags posed an “inherent threat to law enforcement, as criminals could use them to identify officers’ sensitive locations” and personal routines.


    AirTags have abuse-mitigation features, including pop-ups like the one Nader received, and an alarm that beeps at 60 decibels (a conversational volume) after the AirTag has been away from its owner anywhere between eight to 24 hours.


    Near the end of 2021, the company released a new Android app called Tracker Detect, which was designed to help people who own Androids discover suspicious AirTags near them – yet the app must be proactively downloaded and kept active to be effective, and is only compatible with Android 9 or higher.


    The outcome of more anti-stalking mechanisms is that more people are realizing they are being stalked. On 14 January, police in Montgomery county, Maryland, responded to a call from a person who was stalked home from a movie theater after an AirTag was planted on their car. Around the same time, two California women called 911 after receiving a notification that their whereabouts were being tracked while out shopping. A 30 December report from the New York Times cites seven women who believe AirTags were used to surveil them. On social media, posts from mainly women sharing their own experiences of being tracked by AirTags have drawn attention to the issue, with one TikTok video from November 2021 receiving more than 31m views.


    If you suspect you’re being tracked, the conventional wisdom is not to head home, but rather call – or go to – the police. However, law enforcement responses to incidences of AirTag stalking have thus far been inconsistent, and help is not always guaranteed.


    When Arizona’s Kimberly Scroop went to local police after receiving an iPhone notification that she was being tracked in September last year, “they were not interested in taking a report, they didn’t take my name or phone number,” she says. “They said if I noticed someone following me, to call the police then.”

    more here: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/20/apple-airtags-stalking-complaints-technology

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    Yeah I heard a story about these things recently. Someone bought a dog and the previous owner put an air tag on the collar of the dog. I guess they were just curious to see where it went. Still creepy and weird.

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    Brooks Nader, Kimberly Scroop... they appear to be targeting those with very silly names.

    Perhaps the dog was called Trinket Poop or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Perhaps the dog was called Trinket Poop
    very fragrant comment

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    Just wait till some anonymous Chinese company starts making them. And you can buy them on the darknet. And use open source Android to track them.


    Brooks Nader


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    itards are particularly stupid.

    AirTags do not have holes or other mechanical features that would allow them to be positively attached or affixed to the item being tracked; solutions include adhesives (glue, tape) and purpose-built accessories. The polyurethane AirTag Loop is the least expensive solution sold by Apple;[ it costs the same as a single AirTag and has been criticized as an "accessory tax"

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