Apple warns ‘huge AirPods vulnerability’ could leak information

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but apparently not the spies.

Apple customers should be careful what they whisper in their ears AirPods. According to a new report from via, used AirPods have been found to have a major security flaw Business Insider.

Some used headphones reportedly remain connected to the previous owner’s iCloud accounts even after a system reset takes place.

goTRG’s chief sales officer, David Malka, told the outlet that the conflict “is a major concern.”

“We tested it in the facilities. We tested it every day,” he said. “It’s like I’m saying to you, ‘Hey, if you’re selling your car, you have to make sure you unplug this cord or someone can find you.’ “

While the AirPods are being set up, you may see the phrase “AirPod Mismatch” instead of “New Owner Name’s AirPods” in some of the affected areas in Apple’s Find My app.

When a new owner tries to connect their new AirPods from their iPhones, a message reportedly pops up stating that the earbuds are connected to a different Apple ID account.

Apple AirPods pose a major security risk for new users.
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The pop-up then asks if any of the headphones are “mixed up with someone else’s AirPods.”

The investigation found that thousands of AirPods were returned to stores like Walmart and then repackaged and resold.

Apparently, eight out of ten AirPods that go through goTRG experience issues related to the security leak. goTRG is a software refurbishing company that helps mega-retailers return technology.

Malka also noted, “It doesn’t make any sense.” Another issue with the resold AirPods is the potential privacy breaches related to users’ iCloud accounts.

Kyle Wiens, CEO of Electronics repair website iFixitsaid in the report that this headphone issue is another example of Apple products not being “return-friendly.”

“It shows an underlying strategy at Apple, which is to lock down and control every aspect of the experience, including syncing individual parts in the phone or an individual earbud to an account,” Wiens explained.

Patrick Wardle, an independent Mac OS security researcher, explains insider “The problem could actually be something set up by Apple on purpose. Without this hurdle, a set of stolen AirPods could be factory reset, making them immediately usable by the thief, or at least untraceable for the victim.”

AirPods have replaced wired earbuds and their sheer presence has become an integral part of the modern world’s cultural landscape.

Some women have even referred to themselves as having one “AirPod-shaped” body – Women who have small waists and larger busts (similar to the shape of the Apple wireless headphones). The phenomenon has gained a wide community on TikTok.

Another woman went viral last year a series of TikTok posts in which she claimed she accidentally mistaken her AirPods for ibuprofen and swallowed it whole. She later pooped it out, but not before the device actually roared a voice memo out of her stomach.

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