Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages

Apple to fix iOS11 bug that enables Siri to read hidden notifications

Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden message content on a locked iPhone

If you've got an iPhone or iPad, Apple's Siri voice assistant will read out your lock screen notifications for apps even when you've turned off previews for the content inside them - and without making sure it's you. But Siri can read out messages, even with this setting set to "When Unlocked", which can be a privacy faux pas, since anyone will be able to hear your messages.

The iOS 11 bug-saga continues as now an alarmingly serious privacy bug has surfaced which exposes users' hidden notifications, thanks to Siri.

That being said, this issue only seems to affect third-party apps since Siri didn't read out SMS notifications.

Apple has confirmed that they are working towards solving the problem of Siri reading aloud hidden notifications on iPhones.

Apple has already issued a statement that says it is "aware" of the bug and is now working on a fix.

"We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update", the iPhone-maker said in a statement to MacRumors.

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Apple is always quick to come up with fixes for bugs that are highly publicized or those that gain a lot of media attention. But if you use an alternative email app like Gmail, Siri will include those in the notifications it's willing to read. However, with the bug within iOS 11.3, anybody can ask Siri things like "read my last note" or "read my last email" without any security blocks.

As pointed out by MacRumors, Apple iPhone X users have a reason to be anxious by this bug.

Users have the ability to temporarily disable it, albeit at their own inconvenience, by simply turning off "Show Lock Screen" within the Settings and Notifications option.

Another option is to turn off lock screen notifications to apps you think to carry sensitive information.

Siri was launched alongside the iPhone 4s in 2011.

Test the bug for yourself: Go to Settings Notifications Select an app (say WhatsApp) Show Previews Select "When Unlocked".

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