Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages

Siri is able to read and dictate the messages when the option is enabled i.e. when content is hidden from notifications

Yep, that's right: A new bug discovered by Mac Magazine (via 9to5Mac) reveals that you can simply ask Siri to spy on someone's hidden notifications. In a statement on the matter provided to MacRumors, Apple said: "We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update". But for other messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and Skype, Siri will happily disclose the content of the messages to anyone who picks up the locked phone. They should be enough to control the problem until Apple rolls out a bug fix.

The report also found that the bug exists in both iOS 11.2.6 which is now the latest stable version and the beta of iOS 11.3 which is due to release in Spring 2018.

Anyone can just hold down the home button on most iPhones or a side button for the iPhone X to activate Siri without voice recognition and ask to read notifications. The temporary solution revolves around disabling your notifications on the lock screen, so anyone with unauthorized access to your iOS device can access it.

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Turn off lock screen notifications for these sensitive apps (Settings Notifications select app Show on Lock Screen). However a recent Siri bug circumvented that protection.

If you want to lock your phone down until Apple implements a patch, there is a way to avoid any nosey people from getting on your phone. However it should be noted that this only seems to affect third-party apps and services, and that Apple's own apps like Messages do not appear to have been affected by the bug. Unselect this toggle and Siri won't be able to read out messages when the phone is locked.

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