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.
A former NSA employee has demonstrated how malware on a Mac can tap into the computer's built-in webcam and microphone to spy on unsuspecting users.
While a green LED light usually switches on by the side of the webcam to show that it is being used and is difficult to bypass, Patrick Wardle demonstrated that malware can covertly record these, all in an essentially undetectable manner, during a call when the light is already on and the user is unaware.
You are all well aware that your computer, tablet, and smartphone can be hacked… but have you ever wondered if someone is trying to compromise your monitor?
Probably not. It’s just a dumb display, isn’t it? I mean, all it does is sit there and light up pixels wherever your computer tells it to… right? The unfortunate truth is that monitors are smarter than we generally think they are, and that makes them a perfect target for hackers.
Security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle is this afternoon demonstrating a way for Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.
The focus of Google’s big hardware event this week wasn’t the hardware at all. It was Assistant, the artificially intelligent digital helper that caters to your every whim and powers your every interaction.
Assistant is invisible, in the design-jargon sense. The omnipresent concierge works in the background, predicting your needs, processing your requests, and offering neatly parceled answers to your questions. You never see the cogs behind it, you merely type (or speak) a command and read (or hear) tailored responses served on screen or through a speaker.