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May 9, 2011 AT 12:13 pm

FBI Tracking Device Teardown

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FBI Tracking Device Teardown @ iFixit via Wired.

We partnered with Wired to bring you a peek inside an FBI car-tracking device… The device comprises of a GPS unit for receiving the car’s position, an RF transmitter for relaying your location to the interested authority (aka the FBI), and a set of sweet D-cell batteries that power the whole enchilada. But we didn’t stop there, of course. Read on to find out exactly what components make this secretive device tick.


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2 Comments

  1. Any chance of them getting a dump of the Flash in that GPS module? (It has an integrated MCU). It’d be interesting to see how the system is running and how good the tracking is. (Also to know the radio protocol so you can sweep for trackers).

  2. Yeah – the radio protocol would be most interesting. That would tip the balance of privacy back to the public.

    I’m all for law enforcement being able to do their jobs, but there clearly needs to be more checks and balances than we have now. Decoding the radio protocol would be a step in the right direction, in my opinion.

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