Ipod’s Tracking DeviceDecember 4, 2006
Nike’s iPod Sport Kit can track every step you take. But a newly discovered security flaw shows that others can too.
The discovery was made by two University of Washington graduate students. They wanted to see if the tiny transmitter in the sport kit could be monitored by a homemade network of receivers.
It worked, and the students said the gadget can be tracked with or without the special shoe it comes with.
“You could slip this into somebody’s shoe or pocket or backpack and potentially you could track someone that way, also,” said University of Washington graduate student Scott Saponas.
Neither Nike nor Apple have commented. Nearly 500,000 of the Nike-iPod sport kits have been sold.