Russian Hackers Spook UK Ministers: Apple Watch Banned From Cabinet Meetings


Apple Inc. may not be happy with a report that the UK ministers have been banned from wearing Apple Watches during Cabinet meetings, The Telegraph reported. The move comes aimed mounting fears Russians could hack the smartwatches. The newspaper said in the report that hackers can use Apple Watches as listening devices. An unnamed source told the newspaper that the Russians “are trying to hack everything.”

Russians Hackers

According to a report in The Independent, Russian hackers last year made an attempt to disrupt general election. This was the first known cyberattack by the Russians on the British political system.

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The report said that the group, known as Fancy Bears, was planning to target every Whitehall server, including the Home Office, Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, and every major TV broadcaster, including the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky. However, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a British intelligence and security organization, was able to uncover their plot to target the British political system.

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the incident was a “possible imminent threat” to the UK and said GCHQ “deployed a capability to protect government networks from this cyber-attacker,” The Sunday Times reported.

According to the hackers, who are supposed to have links to the Russian state, are also involved for the leak of medical data about top British athletes such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah.

For the time, a Russian-based hacking group is known to have targeted British politics. According to reports, Russian hackers have been trying to undermine the US presidential election.

Apple Watch

Apple Inc. recently unveiled the Watch Series 2 with a faster dual-core S2 processor, a standalone GPS radio, and a waterproof design.

The new Watch Series 2 came with a number of noteworthy hardware improvements. The most noticeable change in the Watch Series 2 is the new dual-core S2 processor, which makes the device faster to perform tasks. The Series 2 also features a new GPS radio, which allows users to track pace and distance without a connected iPhone. This means users can go out for running or biking without an iPhone.

The tech behemoth has upgraded the device with a more durable ceramic back. Moreover, the new smart watch series is waterproof, suitable for surface swimming and tracking.

A review of the Watch 2 by Apple Insider shows that Siri’s performance has been improved and the voice assistant was faster at addressing queries, and was more accurate at hearing. The company also improved the device’s battery life. The Watch Series 2 is rated for about 5 hours of use with GPS.

According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple is now the No. 2 watchmaker in the world by revenue. A report in The Motley Fool suggested that the iPhone maker sold somewhere between 5 million to 9 million watches in 2015.

In other Apple Inc. news, the Cupertino-based company is expected to unveil an all-new 2016 MacBook Pro on October 27. The company is reportedly working on a new operating system update, macOS Sierra 10.21.1, which will debut in the new notebook.

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