Apple disables its walkie-talkie Watch app due to vulnerability

Apple Disables Walkie-Talkie App On Apple Watch; Cites Eavesdropping Vulnerability

Apple disables its walkie-talkie Watch app due to vulnerability

Apple apologised for the inconvenience caused by disabling the Walkie-Talkie app's functionality, rendering it unusable, and has promised to get the app working as soon as the vulnerability has been patched.

This received a lot of attention when the watchOS 5 update was made available, supporting Series 1 through 4 Apple Watches and looking like a handy alternative for traditional voice calls and text messages, especially on GPS-only variants of the world's top-selling smartwatch family.

The company says it has not documented any cases of the flaw being exploited.

"We apologise again for this issue and the inconvenience". Apple later made it easier to enable and disable, but for the moment it's unavailable.

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'Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously, ' said the company in a statement. While somewhat gimmicky, we can absolutely understand why certain users would find Walkie-Talkie useful in certain scenarios when writing a text or making a call on their iPhone is simply not as convenient.

It looks like a serious security flaw has caused Apple to disable the walkie-talkie function on their Apple Watch.

Apparently, the flaw could have allowed a skilled enough hacker to "listen through another customer's iPhone without consent".

Apple was criticized at the time for being too slow to respond to the bug.

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It comes three days after a researcher revealed a vulnerability on video-conferencing service Zoom's Mac app, which left users vulnerable to having their webcams remotely activated.

The series of blunders will be very concerning to Apple execs, because the firm has tried hard to brand itself as being more privacy-conscious than rivals.

That report, though, took a while to filter in to Apple.

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