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A Siri-ous issue? No need for 'Russian spies', when 'stupid boy' UK ministers have smartphones

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09.07.2018

But amid the laughter, the incident raises some serious security concerns about new technology, which up to now have largely been ignored.

At the time of the Profumo affair (when it was revealed that the Minister of War John Profumo had been sleeping with a model who was also sleeping with the Russian naval attache), the joke doing the rounds was that the government had spent so much time looking for Reds under the bed, it had forgotten to look inside the bed.

Fast forward to 2018 and the joke is this: The UK Defense Minister has spent so much time warning us about the Russian "threat" to UK cyber security, he forgot to switch Siri off on his new iPhone.

For those who aren't au fait with the latest Apple technology Siri is the voice-controlled virtual assistant that "is ready to help throughout your day." Siri is the 2018 equivalent of Jeeves the butler, except it can't (at least not yet) make you a cup of tea or bring in breakfast.

"The idea is that you talk to her as you would a friend and she aims to help you get things done, whether that be making a dinner reservation or sending a message", explain tech writers Britta O'Boyle and Dan Grabham.

Siri is great, but the security implications of the UK Defense Minister keeping the software switched on are clear........

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