Is it 100% safe?
Apple AirTags is the newest product offering of the Cupertino-based tech giant for its avid users. Many people have already expressed their gratitude with this new device. However, just like other gadgets out there, its security might be flawed for some users. How safe are Apple AirTags?
Man hacks Apple AirTags
On Saturday, May 8, an IT expert impressively hacked the newest product of Apple. On a Twitter post, an account named @ghidraninja posted a video along with images of his supposed trick of hijacking the system of an Apple AirTags. According to the post, ghindra ninja was able to get access to AirTags microcontroller and enter the firmware of the device.
Of course, as expected, the process is tedious, even for IT experts out there. Ghindra Ninja needed at least three AirTags to be able to do the trick, two of his first AirTags sets were damaged in the process. On his third device, he was able to unlock the firmware of the device and access dumped files inside the AirTags. Here are some of the posted pictures on Twitter:
The files saved in the AirTags are supposedly locations and other personal data that Apple might be saving for users to access the device.
Not really a hack
Before you get to panic about the safety of your AirTags, you need to know that the said ‘hack’ was not really the dangerous hack to think about. In fact, The Next Web said that the Twitter account might have had just open the device to know whether it’s possible to hack it or not.
Though the video showed it’s possible, TNW said that hackers might have hard time to get access to AirTags even if they wanted it. First off, the device is not easily hackable since you need to open it up. Second, the tedious process of breaking it down and waiting for couple of hours to do it may not be the easiest or quickest way to hack someone.
Therefore, Tech Visibility believes that it’s not really a safety concern you should think about.
Australian store pulled out AirTags
However, one thing you might have to be concerned with the AirTags is the physical parts itself. In a report on Mashable, Australian store called Officeworks this week quickly pulled out all its Apple AirTags products after announcing a sale. This was because Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has a child safety concern about the product.
“If a supplier finds that a product they supply is unsafe, the ACCC expects the supplier to conduct a voluntary recall to advise consumers of the risk, address the safety issue, or remove the product from the market,” an ACCC spokesperson told Mashable.
According to the report, the recall might have had happened over the new Australian law on button batteries on devices. As explained, AirTags have button batteries that can be mistakenly swallowed by children. Apple though, quickly gave statement about these claims.
“AirTag is designed to meet international child safety standards, including those in Australia, by requiring a two step push-and-turn mechanism to access the user-replaceable battery,” an Apple spokesperson told Mashable. “We are following the regulations closely and are working to ensure that our products will meet or exceed new standards, including those for package labeling, well ahead of the timeline required.”