Hackers Claim To Reverse Engineer Apple’s Siri for all
Apple has had a very trying month in their security teams department. Now hackers have claimed to crack its latest crown jewel, Siri, to run on Android devices–pretty much any device for that matter–and plan on sharing the knowledge.
“Today, we managed to crack open Siri’s protocol,” reads a blog post by a group of French security researchers and consultants at the Paris-based firm Applidium. “As a result, we are able to use Siri’s recognition engine from any device. Yes, that means anyone could now write an Android app that uses the real Siri! Or use Siri on an iPad! And we’re going to share this know-how with you.”
Applidium’s hack hasn’t been independently verified, and the researchers didn’t immediately respond to my call asking for more information on their work. But they posted a test testfile they say they produced by speaking into their own version of Siri running autonomously, not on an iPhone, a demonstration that they’ve lifted the protocol from its exclusive home on the iPhone 4S and could implement it elsewhere–albeit with some limitations that will make the trick tough to reproduce on a mass scale, and likely very shortlived.