Apple temporarily disables Walkie Talkie on Apple Watch over eavesdropping concerns

Less than 24 hours after Apple issued a background replace to take away a vulnerability in Zoom’s Mac app that put in a surreptitious internet server that might activate the video digital camera with out the consumer’s permission, Apple has disabled one other app for a doable safety breach. And this time it’s certainly one of its personal: Walkie Talkie.

Walkie Talkie was launched with watchOS 5 as a faster solution to talk between Apple Watches. Apple promotes it as “a new, easy way to have a one-on-one conversation with anyone who has a compatible Apple Watch.” However, it may not be as personal as you suppose. Apple introduced late Wednesday that it was temporarily disabling the Walkie Talkie on the Apple Watch because of eavesdropping concerns.

In an announcement to Techcrunch, Apple stated:

“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. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. 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. 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.”

The Walkie Talkie app doesn’t give the consumer any indication that it’s not working aside from a message telling you the particular person on the opposite finish isn’t accessible. Apple additionally hasn’t given a time-frame for reinstatement of the app.

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