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Apple Watch banned in UK Cabinet meetings, report says

Officials are worried they could be turned into listening devices by Russian hackers, The Telegraph says.


The UK is reportedly worried about Apple Watches being hacked.

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Mobile phones have already been banned from UK Cabinet meetings, and now another gadget has reportedly been shown the door: the Apple Watch.

The concern, according to a Telegraph story Monday, is that smartwatches and phones could be hacked by Russian spies and turned into listening devices.

"The Russians are trying to hack everything," a source told The Telegraph.

Hacking has become an increasingly serious concern for governments. Last week, the White House officially accused Russia of trying to interfere with US elections, including hacking into the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other agencies and political officials. And on Friday, the website Wikileaks posted leaked emails apparently from a Hillary Clinton aide regarding speeches Clinton allegedly gave to Wall Street firms.

Apple and UK Cabinet Office representatives did not immediately return request for comment.