Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Apple Watch’s Walkie Talkie Function Disabled Due To Eavesdropping Flaw

One of many new options launched in final yr’s watchOS replace got here within the type of Walkie Talkie. As its title suggests, it allowed customers to push-to-talk to speak to one another utilizing their Apple Watch, sort of like the way it was again within the day with these Dick Tracy comics and films. Nevertheless, evidently the characteristic has since been disabled.

In accordance with Apple, it seems that they’ve come throughout a possible flaw with the characteristic that will permit a consumer to pay attention to a different consumer’s iPhone dialog with out their consent. The characteristic has since been quickly disabled whereas Apple is engaged on a repair, so till then, customers gained’t be capable to use it.

The corporate wrote, “We have been simply made conscious of a vulnerability associated to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the perform as we shortly repair the problem. We apologize to our prospects for the inconvenience and can restore the performance as quickly as attainable. Though we’re not conscious of any use of the vulnerability in opposition to a buyer and particular circumstances and sequences of occasions are required to use it, we take the safety and privateness of our prospects extraordinarily critically.”

This appears to be barely paying homage to an issue from earlier this yr wherein a bug with FaceTime allowed customers to spy on the individual they have been calling with out their information.

Filed in Apple >Devices. Learn extra about Apple Watch, iPhone, Privateness, Smartwatch and Wearable Tech. Supply: techcrunch

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