Apple Watch eavesdropping vulnerability forces Apple to disable Walkie-Talkie app

Apple Watch eavesdropping vulnerability forces Apple to disable Walkie-Talkie app

Apple Watch eavesdropping vulnerability forces Apple to disable Walkie-Talkie app

The Apple Watch has a neat new app that lets you talk to your friends called Walkie Talkie.

Apple gave little detail about the nature of the app's bug, but said it could "allow someone to listen through another customer's iPhone without consent".

It's unclear how the app can be abused to spy on someone's iPhone, but Apple says there's no evidence it was exploited in the wild. Apple released a fix for the bug a little more than a week after that.

The Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app has been disabled by its parent company, Apple itself.

This is according to a statement from Apple to TechCrunch, where Apple apologized for the bug and said it was working on a fix so it could reinstate the feature soon.

But an unknown flaw means that the feature obviously didn't work as intended, and could be exploited by snoopers. While we don't know the "specific conditions and sequences of events" a potential malicious agent could have employed to exploit the vulnerability against actual users, its nature sounds pretty scary. We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer's iPhone without consent.We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience.

In a statement, Apple apologised for the bug, which is believed to have been flagged to the company through its own security issue reporting website.

At this time, Apple says that it is now working on a fix for the Walkie-Talkie app bug, but fell short of saying when the fix would be available.

The gaffe comes just months after Apple was forced to disable a FaceTime calling feature due to a major privacy flaw.

Earlier this year, a flaw in Apple's FaceTime video chat app was found, which would allow people to listen in on people before picking up a call.

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