Posted by: David Harley | January 25, 2013

Silly Siri: a China Tee-Hee

This is actually an item I nearly missed altogether, but when I was doing some clearing in the office this morning I thought I’d take a quick look through the Winter edition of ITNOW (a magazine sent out to members of the BCS Institute) before I decided whether to file it or bin it. Its security content (the article, that is) is minimal, but I thought it might amuse you as much as it amused me.

Editor-in-Chief Henry Tucker cites a report in the China Daily about Siri’s over-helpful willingness to direct iPhone users to brothels and escort services even though prostitution is illegal in China. Apple has apparently reined in Siri’s enthusiasm. However, the amusement value of the piece comes mostly from Tucker’s assertion that “Siri could provide this sort of information with ease, yet if you asked it for directions to a Chinese restaurant it couldn’t manage it.”

Come to think of it, maybe it does have some security content: it is, after all, a denial of (escort) service.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Mac Virus/Small Blue-Green World/Anti-Malware Testing
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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