Apple disables its walkie-talkie Watch app due to vulnerability

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 11, 2019

"We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue", said Apple in a statement.

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

"We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible".

Walkie-Talkie was released to owners of the Apple Watch a year ago and allows them to talk directly with other users just by speaking into their wrist.

But an unknown flaw means that the feature obviously didn't work as intended, and could be exploited by snoopers.

Walkie-Talkie will remain installed on the watches but will not be functional until it is made safe again. 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.

The market-leading Apple Watch lineup owes its vast popularity to not only a groundbreaking slew of life-saving technologies, but also a very convenient batch of smooth wrist communication features.

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

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.

This isn't the first time that an eavesdropping bug had been discovered in Apple's iOS software.

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.

Apple even took a dig at Google and Amazon with a giant data privacy billboard at January's CES 2019 tech convention.

Now playing: Watch this: WatchOS 5 updates the Apple Watch with Walkie-Talkie.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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