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Apple Watch Banned From UK Cabinet Due to Hacking Concerns

Apple Watch Banned From UK Cabinet Due to Hacking Concerns

October 10, 2016

Is the Apple Watch a security risk? A recent article from UK publication The Telegraph notes that the Cabinet has banned minsters from wearing Apple Watches at meetings due to concerns that hackers may be using them as listening devices.

Ministers have been barred from wearing Apple Watches during Cabinet meetings amid concerns that they could be hacked by Russian spies, The Telegraph has learned.

Under David Cameron, several cabinet ministers wore the smart watches, including Michael Gove, the former Justice Secretary.
However, under Theresa May, ministers have been barred from wearing them amid concerns that they could be used by hackers as listening devices.

Mobile phones have already been barred from the Cabinet because of similar concerns.

One source said: “The Russians are trying to hack everything.”

Recent events in the US seem to have stoked hacking fears.

It comes amid mounting fears about the scale of Russian hacking in the West.

Concerns have been raised after hackers obtained confidential emails from the Democratic National Congress during the US election.

Read the full article here.