F-Secure chief warns Siri is ‘unsafe for business’

Apple’s Siri is unsuitable for business and enterprise networks, according to F-Secure vice-president Maria Nordgren.

Why? Not only has Siri read your contacts, knows your calendar off by heart, and probably knows your partner’s birthday, it may also know your company’s secrets.

Nordgren, speaking at a press conference in Helsinki, said that Apple’s lack of corporate security policies is a major weakness.

“Four out of ten users don’t worry about corporate data and don’t think it will leak. Take Siri, it’s cute right, I like it but if you ask it a question, the data is not stored on the iPhone — it goes to a datacentre in Oregon,” she said.

Siri takes the voice data and uploads it to Apple’s datacenters for processing. The data is converted into text and the query is returned back to the device. This happens in a few seconds depending on network speed.

Nordgren warned of hackers accessing Siri data. Because the assistant can be used to search the Web, access your contacts, and other personal information, the data can be used to build up a wider picture of its user.  (Read More)

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