Apple disables Walkie-Talkie app due to snooping vulnerability


Allowing people to listen in before a call was accepted. It's not a phone calls app, although the Watch can do that too.

According to TechCrunch, the vulnerability itself hasn't been specified, but it appears that a user would be able to spy on another user using the Walkie Talkie app.

Apple has announced that it'll be disabling the Apple Watch walkie-talkie which it announced in 2014 and only got around to rolling out past year, because it can be hijacked to listen in on wearers.

The Walkie-Talkie app, which comes pre-installed on Apple Watches, allows people to communicate with each other by pressing a button on their screens in a similar way to a traditional walkie talkie.

At this time, Apple says that it is now working on a fix for the Walkie-Talkie app bug, but fell short of saying when the fix would be available.

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This isn't the first time one of the company's services were exposed to a security flaw that allowed malicious individuals to listen in on people's conversations.

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. Gadgets Now did try to use the Walkie Talkie app on two Apple Watch and it didn't function.

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 apologise 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.

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.