Apple AirTag used to track and murder a man in the US
A macabre relationship drama ended with an AirTag helping a woman to track and kill her boyfriend.
Gaylyn Morris, an Indianapolis woman, placed Apple’s button-sized gadget on the backseat of her boyfriend’s car, The Washington Post and Indianapolis Star reported.
The AirTag allowed Morris to follow the man she suspected of cheating to a local bar, where a heated argument ensued. The quarrel ended with Morris fatally running over her boyfriend with a car.
It’s not the first time Apple’s device, meant to help users locate lost items, has been misused to stalk people. Reports show stalkers use the gadget to stalk their victims, often women, by placing the tiny tracking device in places like inside the wheel of a car.
A recent investigation by Vice showed that dozens of women contacted police over the last eight months because they got notifications that they were being tracked by an AirTag that wasn’t theirs.
Apple issued a series of updates for the AirTag in February, meant to make it harder for stalkers to abuse their device. However, security researchers soon discovered ways to bypass gadgets’ security and use it for tracking.
The Cybernews team has done an experiment to see how easily someone could track a person by placing an AirTag in their backpack. The stalking experiment went on for more than two hours and proved it is possible to follow a person for at least several hours without the victim suspecting anything.
Apple announced the AirTag in April 2021, marketing the small gadget as a tool to help locate lost items such as backpacks, wallets, or keys. Once connected to your iPhone, it appears on the ‘Find My’ app and lets you locate the personal belongings it is attached to.
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