Is it possible to hack AirTags?

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techno.rentetan.com – AirTags protect your belongings, but can they also steal your data? Although AirTags aren’t perfect for monitoring your children, they will almost certainly assist you in retrieving your keys from their current hiding place. However, while they may assist in preventing your belongings from being misplaced, are they secure? Is it possible for Apple’s trackers to grab your personal data with only one bad hack?

Although AirTags can be hacked, you should not be concerned about yours

Thank you very much for allowing these small, buttonless, and display-less gadgets to be weaponized against your privacy and security. Your AirTags, on the other hand, aren’t something to be concerned about right now. Hackers may upload their own harmful code to an AirTag, allowing them to modify the webpage that shows in Lost Mode, with the purpose of obtaining the information of someone attempting to return the lost tracker, as we just found.

It’s a shame, because Lost Mode is supposed to be the whole point of AirTags. You may put an AirTag or a device with a connected AirTag in Lost Mode if you lose it. If someone finds your misplaced AirTag, they may scan it with their iPhone or Android smartphone to obtain your contact information and a link to https://found.apple.com to help you recover it.

However, when hackers become involved, the entire process is disrupted. They can lead the good samaritan to a fraudulent website, possibly one impersonating as an official Apple login site, instead of providing you important, restricted information that will assist you return your AirTag. If the individual who discovered the AirTag is unfamiliar with the procedure, they may believe they must sign in with their Apple credentials, allowing these hackers access to their personal Apple information. Obviously, this isn’t a good thing.

Bobby Rauch, a security specialist, was the one who discovered the problem. He secretly sent it to Apple, allowing them a 90-day opportunity to address the issue before making it public. Those 90 days have passed, and now we are all aware of the AirTags vulnerability, which can be seen in action in the video below:

Apple has said that a patch for the security issue is in the works, but has not provided a timetable as of this writing. We’ll be on the lookout for any firmware upgrades that may be released in the future.

What can you do to protect yourself against AirTag hacking?

If you come across a lost AirTag, you don’t have to shun it like the plague; all you have to do is know what to look for. Remember that under Lost Mode, a valid AirTag will include contact information as well as a link to https://found.apple.com. It will never need you to log in or provide any personal information. Drop and run if you notice these sorts of requests on a lost AirTag.