The German security researcher Stack Smashing tweeted today (by means of The 8-bit) that he was able to “break into the microcontroller of the AirTag” and customized elements of the product tracker software application.
A microcontroller is an integrated circuit (IC) utilized for managing gadgets usually via a microprocessing unit, memory, and other peripherals. According to AllAboutCircuits, “these devices are enhanced for ingrained applications that require both processing functionality and agile, responsive interaction with digital, analog, or electromechanical components.”
The Apple AirTag has actually been launched nearly ten days back. Ever since, we have seen a user reconstructing an AirTag as a thinner card that suits wallets and likewise discovered that its frighteningly simple to stalk utilizing the item tracker. Now, a security researcher was able to hack the device, modifying its NFC URL for Lost Mode.
With that, we can say that the AirTag was jailbroken and a hacker might decide what it desires the gadget to do. For example, the security researcher had the ability to customize its NFC URL. In the video, he compares a regular AirTag with a customized one.
While the routine product tracker opens the Find My site, the modified item tracker opens a non-related URL, which could be utilized for phishing or anything else.
As for now, we need to wait and see if Apple will be able to carry out a server-side blocking system to avoid a customized AirTag from accessing the Find My Network. Check the video below of the modified item tracker:
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