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US accuses alleged Russian smuggling network member of using AirTags to stalk his ex-wife

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The US is accusing an alleged member of a Russian smuggling network of using AirTags to stalk his now ex-wife, 404 Media reported based on a recently unsealed indictment.

According to court documents, Tajikistan citizen Ibodullo Muhiddinov Numanovich likely smuggled his ex-wife into the US through the network he supposedly worked for. He was indicted by a grand jury in May for one count of stalking by putting his ex-wife, referred to as S.K. in court documents, under electronic surveillance and “sending threatening voice messages” that made her reasonably fear death or serious injury. He has pleaded not guilty.

Stories of AirTag-enabled stalking are nothing new. There have been several cases involving people using the tiny Apple tracking…

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