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TechnologyApple just disabled Walkie Talkie on Watch due to an iPhone eavesdropping vulnerability

19:55  11 july  2019
19:55  11 july  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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Apple has disabled the Walkie - Talkie app for Apple Watch due to a bug that could allow users to eavesdrop on others, reports TechCrunch. The company issued a statement noting that it was just notified about the vulnerability and has temporarily disabled the Walkie - Talkie functionality while a

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 concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone

Apple just disabled Walkie Talkie on Watch due to an iPhone eavesdropping vulnerability© Provided by Penske Media Corporation apple-watch-series-4

The Apple Watch has a neat new app that lets you talk to your friends called Walkie Talkie. It’s not a phone calls app, although the Watch can do that too. Instead, it’s just a simple app that lets you send quick thoughts via voice back and forth. It works a lot like the old push-to-talk (PTT) phones, but it all happens on your wrist. However, you won’t be able to use it for the time being, as Apple has disabled the watchOS 5 functionality because of a new newly discovered vulnerability that would allow others to listen to your iPhone without consent.

Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that it has removed the functionality to fix the bug:

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The Apple Watch Walkie - Talkie app has been disabled after Apple found a vulnerability that could let people listen in on other iPhones , the company tells TechCrunch. Apple isn’t aware of the vulnerability having been used, and hasn’t provided any details of how it works beyond saying that

Apple has disabled the Walkie - Talkie app for Apple Watch due to a bug that could allow users to eavesdrop on others, reports TechCrunch. The company issued a statement noting that it was just notified about the vulnerability and has temporarily disabled the Walkie - Talkie functionality while a

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.

It’s unclear how the app can be abused to spy on someone’s iPhone, but Apple says there’s no evidence it was exploited in the wild.

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Apple has temporarily turned off Walkie Talkie after it discovered a vulnerability in the feature. This is according to a statement from Apple to TechCrunch, where Apple apologized for the bug and said it was working on a fix so it could reinstate the feature soon.

Walkie - Talkie Trying to Connect On Apple Watch ? Or Showing Could Not Connect? If your Apple Watch ’s wi-fi connection is primarily driven via your paired iPhone , try and Reset Network To start a Walkie - Talkie session, just tap that small icon and start talking with friends or family.

The Walkie Talkie app will remain installed on the Watch until Apple releases the fix, but it won’t be functional until an update is released.

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