A security analyst has discovered that Apple’s Find My Network could be used to broadcast spontaneous messages to nearby Apple devices. The network will systematically help people find lost items. It is said to have “industry-leading security” and end-to-end encryption. However, research shows that I can find a way to send any text messages – not location details – to nearby devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Security researcher Fabian Brenlin discovered a hole that allows me to detect my network protocol and send normal text messages to nearby devices. The researcher was able to send text messages by contacting the airtake on the crowded network and sending its GPS coordinates as encrypted message.
Bruneline noted in a recent study by the German University of Technology (TU) in Dormstadt, which aims to help developers create components for the Find My Network. After understanding the protocol for operating the network, the researcher developed a custom device with a microcontroller that runs a proprietary firmware to send the message. He also created a custom Mac app to decode and display the message from the device.
My Network Find based on source-proof generated by Bruneelin converts location data that is normally broadcast with text strings.
It is unclear at this time whether the researcher-developed model could be used to spread malicious content on the Find My Network. However, extensive research by Brunlin shows that the protocol used by Apple is designed to broadcast content such as text messages, not location data.
Earlier this week, a German security researcher announced that Apple AirTake might be hacked to find the default with a custom link for NFC readers and change my link. This manipulation is similar to what is now found in nature and found on my network.
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