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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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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. 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.

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

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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 its Walkie Talkie Watch app due to a vulnerability that could've allowed someone to listen in on other iPhones , the company told Techcrunch. In a statement, Apple said that the vulnerability -- which requires specific conditions and actions to exploit -- hasn't been used

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 disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow a person to listen to another customer's iPhone without consent. From a report: Apple has apologized for the bug and for the inconvenience of being unable to use the feature while a fix is made.

If Walkie - talkie on your Apple Watch is not working correctly, here are a few tips that should help you out. In early July 2019, Apple temporarily disabled due to a security and privacy concern on all After you update both your iPhone and your Watch , the Walkie - Talkie app and service works just

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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