Apple Watch bug allowed iPhone eavesdropping

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Apple has disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch, due to a flaw that permit customers listen in on different folks’s iPhones.

The Walkie-Talkie app let two individuals who had accepted an invite ship and obtain brief audio messages.

But Apple stated it had been “made aware” of a flaw that “could allow somebody to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent”.

It has disabled the function and apologised for the inconvenience.

However, Apple stated it was not conscious of the Walkie-Talkie bug being exploited by anyone in the true world.

It stated “specific conditions and sequences of events” can be required to use the bug.

Apple discovered an identical “eavesdropping” flaw in its FaceTime video-calling app again in January.

In some instances, callers may activate the microphone on a goal iPhone even when the recipient didn’t reply their name.

It issued a software program replace to repair the flaw.

Webcam uncovered

In a separate difficulty, video-conferencing platform Zoom has addressed a flaw that permit attackers entry webcams with out permission.

Researcher Jonathan Leitschuh discovered a bug that permit attackers provoke video calls and entry a goal’s webcam.

Zoom initially described the problem as low precedence.

But on Tuesday, it issued an replace to deal with the issue.

“We appreciate the hard work of the security researcher in identifying security concerns on our platform,” it stated in an announcement.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48950933

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