Apple Deactivates Walkie Talkie App Over Eavesdropping Risks

Posted: Jul 11 2019, 1:15am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Apple deactivates Walkie Talkie app over eavesdropping risks
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The company said it will fix the issue before activating it again.

Apple has decided to disable the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch due to a vulnerability that could unintentionally allow a user to listen through another user’s iPhone without consent.

The problem was reported through Apple’s bug reporting portal, where any user can notify Apple of any security or privacy weakness in its apps and devices, TechCrunch reported, citing a company spokesperson.

Apple has issued a statement to the news outlet, saying:

“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.”

The company has apologized, saying it will work to resolve the issue quickly.

The Walkie-Talkie app allows people with Apple Watch to use their watches like a traditional walkie-talkie. All they have to do is to set up the FaceTime app on their iPhones to make and receive FaceTime audio calls.

The latest vulnerability comes about five months after Apple was hit with a FaceTime bug that allowed FaceTime callers to eavesdrop before their calls are accepted.

Just recently, Apple has also quietly released an update for Mac users that removed a hidden web server installed in video conferencing app Zoom, which allowed websites to add a user to a video call without their permission.

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