Apple iPhone 4 Users Get Siri Through Spire Hack
The tool, Spire, will download Siri itself (directly from Apple) while it installs, according to an iPhone hacker.Owners of Apple's iPhone 4 who have a hankering to use the company's much-publicized voice-recognition personal assistant Siri can now do so thanks to a download designed by a hacker known as "chpwn," who posted the details of the program on his blog. The tool, Spire, will download Siri itself (directly from Apple) while it installs. However, Spire is not a complete solution. Apple still requires authorization to use Siri, so information from an iPhone 4S is still required. To insert this information, Spire allows you to enter your own proxy server address. "Spire uses a new method to obtain the files necessary for Siri, so it doesn't have the copyright issues encountered by previous attempts," the blog post explains. "Similarly, rather than directing all traffic through a specific proxy server (and the associated privacy issues), Spire allows you to specify your own proxy server."
Siri's voice recognition software also received notice in October when Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos, discovered even if the iPhone 4S is locked down, an unauthorized user can apparently still activate Siri with a single button push and then ask the program to send emails or carry out other tasks. "I borrowed a passcode-locked iPhone 4S from a colleague here at Sophos and, with his permission, was able to write an email, and sent a text message," Cluley wrote in an Oct. 19 blog posting. "If I had wanted to I could have meddled with his calendar appointments too."