Can Siri Be Used to Hack My iPhone?
Here's Why You Should Turn Off This iOS Feature ASAP
Our phones are never truly safe, and one security expert and YouTube video are proving that. Both the expert and YouTube user have found a new way someone can hack into your iPhone and access your photos — just by using Siri.
Graham Cluley discovered the hack and detailed it on the blog Hot For Security. To access your photos and contacts, all someone has to do is ask "Siri who am I?" and Siri will show your phone number and a series of options. The hacker then calls your phone from a different one and selects to answer the phone call via text message. Once you're on that screen, you can ask Siri to turn on "Voice Over." At this point, to access your private photos, all the hacker has to do is go back to the text message screen and tap on the area where your contact's name is and then tap on the keyboard right after. Once that's done, you can create a new contact, and by selecting "add photo," you can see all of the photos on the iPhone.
However, Cluley states you can avoid this for now by going to Settings > Touch ID and Passcode > Disable Siri on Lockscreen. If you're curious about how this hack works, watch the video by YouTube user EveryApple Pro below.
This isn't the first time someone found a way to hack into an iPhone using Siri. Hopefully, Apple releases a security update soon that addresses this issue. For now, turn off Siri on your lock screen and take as many steps as you can to prevent any type of hacking.