Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooks Nader: Stalker used Apple AirTag to track me

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooks Nader claimed \that an AirTag was used to track her location without her knowledge on Wednesday night in New York City.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooks Nader: Stalker used Apple AirTag to track me
Brooks Nader

Stephanie Nolasco for Fox News:

“I went to a restaurant, a popular spot in TriBeCa, a very upscale, safe neighborhood,” she told us. “I go there all the time… I was at the bar waiting for some friends. It was early, like 45 minutes to an hour early. So I thought, I’ll have a little bite to eat while I wait for them. It’s winter so it’s freezing. I had my big winter coat with me and laid it on the bar stool. I did go to the bathroom once and I always take my purse with me. I didn’t take my coat because I assumed no one was going to steal it and I didn’t have anything inside of it.”

According to Nader, her friends arrived and the group enjoyed some food before visiting another nearby spot where they met up with other friends. Afterward, Nader decided to walk home alone.

About halfway home, Nader claimed she received a notification from her Find My iPhone app that was marked time-sensitive.

“It said, ‘Unknown Accessory Detected,’” she recalled. “’This item has been moving for you for a while. The other can see your location.’ I’m just honestly grateful that I got that notification from Apple. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have known.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, Apple’s AirTags and Find My system worked perfectly. People with whom unknown AirTags are traveling are notified as Apple intended.

You won’t get that from any other tracker.

With any other tracker, you would be tracked for as long as the tracker remains functional without notification.

Apple AirTags are the most anti-stalking, pro-privacy, and safest trackers on the market.

Apple's AirTag
Apple’s AirTag

AirTag and the Find My network are designed with privacy at their core. AirTag and Find My network accessories have unique Bluetooth identifiers that change frequently. This helps prevent you from being tracked from place to place. When the Find My network is used to locate an offline device, AirTag, or other Find My network accessory, everyone’s information is protected with end-to-end encryption. No one, including Apple, knows the location or identity of any of the participating users or devices who help locate a missing Find My network accessory.

AirTag and the Find My network have also been designed to discourage unwanted tracking. To discourage tracking without your knowledge, Find My will notify you if an unknown AirTag or other Find My network accessory is seen moving with you over time. An AirTag that isn’t with the person who registered it for an extended period of time will also play a sound when moved so you can find it, even if you don’t use an iOS device. If you detect an unknown AirTag or Find My network accessory, use the steps below to learn about it and how to disable it.

If you find an AirTag or a lost item with an AirTag attached:

  1. Hold the top of your iPhone or NFC-capable pretend iPhone near the white side of the AirTag until a notification appears.
  2. Tap the notification. This opens a website that provides information about the AirTag, including its serial number.
  3. If the owner marked it as lost, you might see a message with information about how to contact the owner. You can view a Lost Mode message on an iPhone or NFC-capable pretend iPhone. You can then contact the owner to let them know that you found their AirTag.

If you see an “Item Detected Near You” message:

If you see this message on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS or iPadOS 14.5 or later, an AirTag or Find My network accessory that has been separated from the person who registered it is traveling with you, and the owner might be able to see its location. It’s possible that the AirTag or Find My network accessory might be attached to an item you’re borrowing. Follow these steps to turn off these notifications or disable the AirTag or Find My network accessory:

  1. Tap the message.

  2. Tap Continue. If you need help finding the AirTag or Find My network accessory, tap Play Sound.*

  3. If the AirTag or Find My network accessory is attached to an item you’re borrowing, you can tap Pause Safety Alerts to turn off “Items Detected” notifications for one day.
    • If you’re borrowing an AirTag from a member of your Family Sharing group, you can turn off Safety Alerts for one day or indefinitely.
    • You can tap “Learn About This AirTag” to see its serial number if the owner marked it as lost.

  4. To disable the AirTag or Find My network accessory and stop sharing your location, tap Instructions to Disable and follow the onscreen steps. If you feel your safety is at risk, contact your local law enforcement who can work with Apple. You might need to provide the AirTag, Find My network accessory, or the device’s serial number.

  • If you can’t play a sound, the AirTag might not be with you anymore. If it was with you overnight, its identifier might have changed. Find My uses the identifier to determine that it’s the same AirTag moving with you. If you believe the AirTag is still with you, look through your belongings to try to find it, or wait to see if another alert appears as you move from location to location during the day. If the AirTag is within range of the person who registered it, you also won’t be able to play a sound.

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8 Comments

  1. “Hold the top of your iPhone or NFC-capable pretend iPhone near the white side of the AirTag until a notification appears.”

    IMHO MDN is the best damn Apple news centric website in the business!

    With the news eating up these AirTag stories, it becomes ripe for manipulation (in effect a million dollars of free media mentions of your name).
    The AirTag is a comparatively inefficient human tracking device. It takes a 60 second web search to find/buy a device that is much more effective for tracking a live subject. Real time tracking updates (as opposed to an AirTag every 5 or 10 minutes) that does not relying on Apple devices being nearby, easily concealed and made to be easily attached, has no potential to alert the intended trace subject, and has little ability to be traced back to the tracker.
    This is what someone would use who wants to really track you. An AirTag is like robbing a bank without covering your face, no weapon, and leaving finger prints to be easily recorded. Apple has done due diligence to make AirTag a bad stalking device.

  2. Any legitimate tool can be turned into a lethal weapon because that’s how some humans use those tools. What did Apple do so wrong with making AirTags? They keep talking about these AirTags as though they’re some dangerous or harmful tracking device. If that’s the case, can’t a Tile or Chipolo tracker be used in the same way? Much better vehicle tracking devices are readily available on Amazon, so why are people making such a big deal about how harmful AirTags are. Oh, that’s right… because it’s an Apple product.

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