Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooks Nader has revealed she was stalked for five hours using an Apple AirTag.
Brooks, 26, said she had the ‘scariest moment’ of her life after she discovered that someone had secretly slipped one of the tracking devices into her coat pocket while she was out at a bar in TriBeca, New York City, with friends on Wednesday night.
To her horror, the fashion star didn’t realize that the AirTag had been concealed in coat until hours later — after she received a notification on her phone that told her an unknown item had been ‘moving with her for a while’ and that ‘the owner could see its location.’
She shared a screenshot of the notification to her Instagram Stories, which said, ‘Unknown accessory detected. This item has been moving with you for a while. The owner can see its location.’
Terrifying: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooks Nader revealed she was stalked for five hours using an Apple AirTag
Brooks (seen in July), 26, said she had the ‘scariest moment’ of her life after she discovered that a stranger had secretly slipped one of the tracking devices into her coat pocket
The scary incident happened while she was out at the Odeon bar in TriBeca, New York City, with friends on Wednesday night
She didn’t realize until hours later – after receiving a notification that told her an unknown item had been ‘moving with her for a while’ and that ‘the owner could see its location’
‘I never share stuff like this but what the F does this mean?’ she wrote, alongside the snapshot.
‘This “device” followed me for the last five hours to every location and was no one in my “network.” It also wasn’t a phone or tablet, it was an “item.”‘
She later discovered that it was an Apple AirTag — a device designed to help keep track of items you often misplace, like your keys or your wallet.
You can attach them to almost anything, and using the app, you can then see where the item is located at all times.
However, Brooks warned others about the dangers of the item, pointing out that anyone could slip one into your pocket or purse and use it to track your movements.
She added in a second post, ‘@Apple, did you take into consideration the danger and potentially fatal consequences this device has?
She later discovered that it was an Apple AirTag – a device designed to help keep track of items you often misplace, like your keys or your wallet
You can attach AirTags to almost anything, and using the app, you can then see where the item is located at all times (Stock photo)
However, Brooks warned others about the dangers of the item, pointing out that anyone could put one into your pocket or purse and use it to track your movements
‘Ladies, check your bag, coat, pockets, and surroundings. Disturbed isn’t even the word.’
The model also chatted with DailyMail.com exclusively about the horrifying incident.
‘Basically my coat was on the barstool at the Odeon in TriBeCa, which was my first location,’ she said.
‘I went to bathroom left my coat on the chair and that’s when I think someone slipped it in. They then followed me for five hours all the way home.’
Brooks explained that she had ‘never though anything like this could happen to her,’ and said she wanted to share her story in the hopes of educating other women.
She added, ‘I hope that my story can help raise awareness and encourage ladies to look out for this notification and keep their belongings close, especially when out and about.
The model chatted with DailyMail.com exclusively about the scary situation, and said she hopes to educate other women about the risks that come with Apple AirTags
She said she ‘never though anything like this could happen to her,’ and warned women to always ‘keep their belongings close’
‘I never thought anything like this could happen to me and it did. If this does happen to you and you find an AirTag, immediately call the police and Apple to track the serial number back to the perpetrator.
‘As women, we need to stick together and warn each other of situations like these.’
In one final Instagram post, she also shared another piece of advice.
‘Another side note for my ladies, I learned my lesson the hard way,’ she said. ‘If you’re going to post at a restaurant, drinking with your girlfriends, working out, whatever you’re doing — if it has a location that’s obvious or geotagged, wait until you leave to post it.
‘I have made that mistake so many times and it’s very easily avoidable. Just wait until you’re home or you’re walking home or whatever until you post that.’
The tracking device social media users claim can aid stalking: What is an Apple AirTag?
The AirTag tracking device is a small, circular device with an Apple logo at the centre that tracks missing items through the ‘Find My’ app.
AirTag is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity to pair with an iPhone or iPad. It can be attached to non-tech items like keys or wallets and provides notifications when you become separated from the item.
The ‘Find My’ app provides step-by-step directions to locate the tag and the missing product to which it’s attached.
Upon it’s release Apple emphasised the device – which was rumoured as far back as September 2019 – is not for tracking people.
The AirTag tracking device is a small, circular device with an Apple logo at the centre that tracks missing items through the ‘Find My’ app
However in recent months social media users have shared growing concern about these devices being used to aid stalking and theft.
Ashley Estrada, a small business owner from LA, went viral after allegedly discovering an Apple AirTag hidden behind the license plate of her car.
In a video shared to TikTok, the 24-year-old showed viewers an AirTag stating: ‘I’m literally f***** shaking – look what I just found on my car.’
In a separate video she explained: ‘I was hanging out with my cousin’s girlfriend, and next thing you know she gets a notification on her phone, which is how we found out, because it told us.
‘It says first seen at 7:34, so that’s when they put it on my car. Then it said “Play Sound”, which is what we did…and this is how we were able to detect where it was at on my car.’
Last year it was revealed that thieves were using Apple AirTags to track high-end vehicles.
Police in the York region of Ontario, Canada , recorded at least five incidents in a matter of weeks where the devices had been used to track cars.
Days after the gadget’s release, a German security researcher who goes by the name Stack Smashing revealed he was able to hack into one of the devices.
The IT researcher said he was able to ‘dump the firmware and some important areas,’ essentially modifying the device’s tracking software.