Apple Watch Walkie Talkie App Disabled Over Spying Concerns

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie App Disabled Over Spying Concerns

In January, it emerged that FaceTime Group Calling could be exploited to let snoopers listen in on an iPhone owner.

As far as Apple knows the vulnerability wasn't used by anyone, but if it had been it would have been possible to listen in to other people's iPhones without their knowledge.

Walkie Talkie allows two users, each with an Apple Watch and who have accepted an invitation to chat from one another, to send audio clips back and forth using a "push to talk" button on the Watch screen - similar to a traditional walkie talkie.

In a rare instance of an app being disabled by Apple, the Cupertino-based tech giant today announced that the Walkie Talkie app on the Watch won't function.

News of the vulnerability was first shared by TechCrunch which explains that Apple was alerted to the problem through its vulnerability reporting portal.

This bug has since been patched, and there's no reason to suspect that the same won't be done for the walkie-talkie bug.

Earlier this year, an embarrassing bug was found in Apple's FaceTime video chat app which allowed people to listen in on others before they'd even picked up a call.

The Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app has been disabled by its parent company, Apple itself. We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience. The company added that exploiting the Walkie-Talkie app vulnerability requires a very specific set of conditions and sequence of executable steps to let an individual eavesdrop on another user through their iPhone.

'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'.

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.

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