Siri Is Reading WhatsApp Messages Aloud on People’s Locked Phones

Cheaters beware.


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As it turns out, Apple’s sneaky ways are not so sneaky. The company released a new privacy-enhancing feature on iOS 11 that allowed iPhone users to hide the contents of their notifications, as they appeared on the phone’s lockscreen. To access the content, users had to unlock the devices with a Touch ID or Face ID. However, what Apple didn’t tell you (or didn’t realize) is that all you had to do was ask Siri what these notifications said, et voilà, no Touch or Face ID required. Cheaters everywhere right now should be shook.

The bug was discovered by Mac Magazine—shoutout to them for doing the lord’s work. Mashable confirmed the claims by asking Siri to read aloud the supposedly hidden messages from third-party apps like WhatsApp. Perhaps not so surprisingly, the only messages that are actually safe from prying eyes...or Siri, rather, are those on iMessage. According to Mac Magazine, the bug affects devices running on iOS 11.3 beta.

Anyway, it looks like Apple is having a rough go of it, between its exploding AirPods and furniture-ruining HomePod. Hopefully, Apple will get it TF together before the bug starts ruining lives. In the meantime, if you have any doubts about the person you’re dating, now would be the time to get your hands on their phone. Yeah, I said it. Don’t blame me for what you find, though.

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