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Eavesdropping Bug Forces Apple to Disable Walkie-Talkie App

11 July 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".

At the end of the day, although iPhone and Apple Watch users have every reason to be annoyed by these discoveries and the temporary deactivation of the Walkie-Talkie app, the important thing to remember is this particular vulnerability was never exploited (at least to Apple's current knowledge) and the functionality will be restored "as soon as possible". 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 apologise again for this issue and the inconvenience".

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Apple has disabled a major feature on the Apple Watch after learning it could be used to spy on iPhone owners.

There's no word on when the feature will be reactivated, and there's no clear indication as to whether the bug is client-side on the device or a server-side issue. Apple's short-term solution is to simply disable the app while it works on a fix. The company confirmed the problem to TechCrunch and said it's working on a fix. In the meantime, you'll just have to hold off on using this feature on your Apple Watch.

However, it appears to have acted much quicker with the Walkie-Talkie flaw.

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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.

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This story originally appeared in The Sun.

Eavesdropping Bug Forces Apple to Disable Walkie-Talkie App