Hackers Are Using an Apple Device To Track Down Victims

Hackers Are Using an Apple Device To Track Down Victims

(RightWing.org) – Are you hearing strange electronic chirping sounds? Has your iPhone started sending mysterious alerts? You could be the target of a new criminal tactic that uses Apple’s technology to locate valuable items and steal them — or worse. If you don’t know how it works, you can’t protect yourself against it.

Apple AirTags, released in 2021, are supposed to help you keep track of your belongings. Just attach one of the quarter-sized devices to your keyring or purse, and if the item goes astray, you can use your iPhone to track it down — either by making the tag chirp through its onboard speaker or sending its location to your phone.

Unfortunately, criminals have worked out that they can repurpose the hi-tech security tags as spy movie-style tracking devices. A year ago, a Nashville, Tennessee, woman started to get iPhone alerts about an “unknown accessory.” After seeing a warning on social media, she went to check her car for tags — and found two men loitering near it. Luckily, she was with three male friends, and as soon as the men saw them, they ran for it.

Another Nashville man began hearing the AirTag’s characteristic chirp from his BMW; shortly after, the car was stolen. When it was recovered, he searched it and found an AirTag hidden inside the door.

If your iPhone tells you an AirTag is tracking your location, but you don’t own any, you need to take that seriously. Check your car, purse, backpacks and even pockets for the tiny devices. If you don’t, criminals could be able to strike when you’re at your most vulnerable. The legal system doesn’t really understand this threat yet, so it’s up to you to protect yourself.

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