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iFixit Breaks Open FBI’s GPS Tracking Device

iFixit, the company widely known for tearing down electronic gadgets, has recently got their hands on the GPS tracking devices used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The San Luis Obispo, California based company was given the device by one Kathy Thomas, who found it in her car way back in 2005.

Thomas, who is an activist, was allegedly being tracked by the agency for over a long period time. Following the discovery of the “stalking” tool, Thomas sent it to iFixit in order to make an in-depth analysis.

According to the revelations made by the company, the device is a pretty basic one and comprises of four key parts - a GPS antenna, a battery pack, a magic mount and a receiver/transmitter unit.

It is powered by 4 lithium-thionyl chloride D-cell batteries, effective particularly for long-duration surveillance. In fact, as claimed by iFixit, each of these cells features a rating of 13,000 mAh, meaning that the device can hardly run out power any before than stalking the “bad guy” for a good 10-20 years.

Another key point mentioned in the “tear down report” is that the magnets used in the device are so strong that the mounting brackets had to be broken off for removing it.