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Apple Watch temporarily disables the walkie-talkie APP: can be used to eavesdrop

ByJoe Horner 2019-07-11 293

Apple has just issued a statement announcing that it has completely banned the "walkie-talkie" App on the Apple Watch. Because of a security vulnerability that allows one party to "eavesdrop" remotely without the other's permission.

Apple  walkie-talkie APP 

Apple also apologized for the inconvenience caused to users, as follows:

Apple  walkie-talkie APP​ 

Apple has temporarily disabled the walkie-talkie feature of the Apple Watch and will be reactivated after repair. The walkie-talkie App will remain, but will not be available until the latest software update is released.


Earlier this year, a bug was discovered in the FaceTime, that allowed people to listen in before a call was accepted. A teen Grant Thompson who discovered this bug, he had attempted to contact Apple about the issue but was unable to get a response. In the end, Apple fixed the bug and give a bug bounty to Grant Thompson.

This time around, Apple appears to be listening more closely to the users that come in via its vulnerability tips line and has disabled the feature.

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