Apple Disables Apple Watch ‚Walkie Talkie‘ Feature Due to Vulnerability That Could Allow Eavesdropping


Apple has disabled the 'Walkie Talkie' feature on Apple Watch due to a vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping, reports TechCrunch. The company apologized for the bug and the inconvenience in a statement today.
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.
Apple learned of the bug directly via a report submitted to its vulnerability portal. There is no evidence it was exploited in the wild.

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