It seems that there are more high-profile cases of misuse of Apple AirTag trackers than with competitors’ devices. Mostly, such cases come down to car thefts and narcissistic boyfriends. The company continues to update the safety principles of the gadget and had to issue a separate manual for users of iPhone and Android app.
But in reality, there will always be someone who will go even further. In Japan, an AirTag was found on a police car. It was a phantom car, not an ordinary patrol car. As reported, the incident happened in May. Approaching the car, the detective saw a box attached to it. Inside it was an AirTag.
After that, other police officers were instructed to carefully inspect the official cars before leaving. But, unfortunately, the results of such reviews are not reported, so it is not clear whether this is a mass phenomenon.
The funny part of this story is that the tracker box was attached to the muffler. The operating temperature range for the AirTag is −20° to 60°C (-4°-140°F), and the muffler’s operating temperature can significantly exceed these numbers.
In any case, the police never established who placed the tracker on the police car and how exactly the attacker was going to use the obtained data of its movement.