Apple has temporarily shutdown this app. Here's why

Apple Disables Walkie-Talkie App On Apple Watch; Cites Eavesdropping Vulnerability

As per a report from TechCrunch, Apple was alerted about the vulnerability via the company's official vulnerability reporting portal and as soon as it was confirmed, Apple shut down the functionality of the Walkie-Talkie app to make sure that the flaw is not exploited.

The Walkie-Talkie app allows people who accept an invitation to talk with friends in real-time without the hassle of making a phone call.

As reported by TechCrunch, Apple says there's now no evidence that anyone exploited the flaw - which was reported directly to Apple through its bug portal - before Walkie-Talkie was taken down.

This received a lot of attention when the watchOS 5 update was made available, supporting Series 1 through 4 Apple Watches and looking like a handy alternative for traditional voice calls and text messages, especially on GPS-only variants of the world's top-selling smartwatch family.

But an unknown flaw means that the feature obviously didn't work as intended, and could be exploited by snoopers. 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. 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 flaw let users listen into other people's devices without them knowing. The bug affected the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple has announced that it has disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch for all users due to a bug that could let Apple Watch users listen in on each other without the other person's knowledge.

The series of blunders will be very concerning to Apple execs, because the firm has tried hard to brand itself as being more privacy-conscious than rivals.



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