Sun. Dec 8th, 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 identify suggests, it allowed customers to push-to-talk to speak to one another utilizing their Apple Watch, form of like the way it was again within the day with these Dick Tracy comics and films. Nevertheless, plainly the function has since been disabled.

In response to Apple, it seems that they’ve come throughout a possible flaw with the function that may enable a person to pay attention to a different person’s iPhone dialog with out their consent. The function has since been briefly disabled whereas Apple is engaged on a repair, so till then, customers received’t be capable of 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 clients for the inconvenience and can restore the performance as quickly as doable. Though we aren’t conscious of any use of the vulnerability in opposition to a buyer and particular situations and sequences of occasions are required to use it, we take the safety and privateness of our clients extraordinarily significantly.”

This appears to be barely harking back to an issue from earlier this yr by which a bug with FaceTime allowed customers to spy on the individual they have been calling with out their data.

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

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