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Jan 30

Secret German government intelligence agency discovered by Apple Airtags

German freedom activist Lilith Wittmann claims that she has uncovered how Germany’s little-known “Federal Telecommunications Service” is actually a cover for a secret intelligence agency.

Tech writer William Gallagher writes that Wittmann accidentally stumbled upon a secret federal agency that does not exist in public records.

Through calls to numbers which then quickly disappeared, IP searches, and driving to official buildings, Wittmann worked to track down the mysterious Bundesservice Telekommunikation, or Federal Telecommunications Service.

“She establishes multiple reasons to believe it is part of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), and ultimately concludes that there are actually two “camouflage” authorities. Both are allegedly a secret part of an intelligence agency named the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.”

Using an AirTag
Wittmann simply sent a small device that regularly transmits its current position (a so-called AirTag) and see where it lands.”

“She sent a parcel with an AirTag and watched through Apple’s Find My system as it was delivered via the Berlin sorting center to a sorting office in Cologne-Ehrenfeld. And then appears at the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Cologne.”

“So an AirTag addressed to a telecommunications authority based in one part of Germany, ends up in the offices of an intelligence agency based in another part of the country.”

“[S]ubsequent government press conferences have denied that there is such a federal telecommunications service at all.”