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Apple disables Walkie Talkie app over eavesdropping fears

Apple disables Walkie Talkie app over eavesdropping fears

Earlier this year, another vulnerability was discovered in Apple's FaceTime app. The company is clearly taking the matter seriously, and this could be because of an eavesdropping bug that was discovered in FaceTime previous year.

The walkie-talkie app on Apple Watch allows two Apple Watch users-who have accepted an invite from each other-to receive audio chats.

The Walkie-Talkie app - which has now been switched off - could remotely listen in to an iPhone through its microphone, Apple has warned.

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. When contacted by Business Insider for further details, Apple referred us to the statement given to TechCrunch. While we don't know the "specific conditions and sequences of events" a potential malicious agent could have employed to exploit the vulnerability against actual users, its nature sounds pretty scary.

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In a statement, Apple apologised for the bug, which is believed to have been flagged to the company through its own security issue reporting website.

If you have an Apple Watch, you'll find the app will remain on your device but it won't work until the fix has been issued. 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.

"We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible".

It comes three days after a researcher revealed a vulnerability on video-conferencing service Zoom's Mac app, which left users vulnerable to having their webcams remotely activated.