Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple Watch has been allegedly banned from UK cabinet meetings, as reported by the Telegraph. This decision was apparently made by U.K. Prime Minister; Theresa May. The reason behind this is due to fears that the Russian government would hack the devices and listen to the conversations through the smartwatches.
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When this was questioned by a Telegraph representative, an unnamed source commented: “The Russians are trying to hack everything.”
The Speculation to why the Apple Watch was targeted for the ban
The primary fears are that the high-level audio capturing technologies that are present in the Apple watch can be hacked by Russians. From doing this, it is believed that they will be able to glean information from high-risk, high-level policy meetings.
This fear may seem to be over-the-top. However, as the iPhone operating system iOS has already been hacked, and both smartphones and the Apple watch run off the same software, it is considered more than reasonable to remove the threat that the watch could potentially pose on restricted information.
The backstory to the fear of Russian Hacking
This is not the first technological item to be banned from Cabinet meetings, in addition to Apple watches, smartphones, as well as tablets have also been banned from cabinet meetings. This ban has been a formal request since the early era of 2003.
The reason behind the fear of Russian hacktivist’s, as well as spies is due to the most recent accusation from the U.S, which was announced on Friday. Russia was accused of attempting to hack into presidential campaigns.
More specifically, U.S accused Russia of hacking the Democratic National Committee’s emails. The Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Director Of National Intelligence On Election Security, announced in a joint statement, that these Russian efforts, had the primary goal of disrupting the presidential election process.
Apple is required to be placed in a soundproof box, along with smartphones and tablets until the conclusion of the meeting, at which point, owners can then retrieve their belongings.
Apple closed at $116.05, registering an increase of $1.99 or 1.74%.
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