- A California student found a GPS tracker on his car, which he says belongs to the FBI
- A friend of the student posted pictures of the device to the social news website Reddit
- The student says he was confronted by FBI agents, who asked him to return the gizmo
The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do.
It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday.
The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi's apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device.