• Look who’s stalking 2: Apple responds to AirTag security threats

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    ISSUE 19.10 • 2022-03-07


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    The Apple AirTag, a $29 tracker the company started selling last year, has been criticized by experts for its weak protections against criminals who use the device to stalk people and pinpoint vehicles to steal. In response, Apple posted last month a response that promises only minor upgrades to the gadgets’ software.

    Meanwhile, a developer announced recently that he had built — using a few dollars’ worth of electronic parts — an AirTag-like clone that takes full advantage of Apple’s free and worldwide Find My communication network. As an illustration of the weakness of AirTags, the clone easily defeats all of Apple’s existing security and detection systems, including the new features the corporation said last month it was planning to implement in the future.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 19.10.0 (2022-03-07).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Newsletter 19.10.F (2022-03-07).