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The report said that Apple temporarily disabled the Apple Watch’s Walkie-Talkie feature due to a vulnerability that could allow potential attackers to eavesdrop on iPhone calls.
The Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app allows users to chat with friends in real time without making a phone call, simply pressing a button on their watch, talking to her and releasing to listen to the answer. Apple added this feature to the watch in 2015 in its WatchOS 5 update.
Apple said the error could allow someone to listen to another client’s iPhone without consent. More detailed information about the features of this vulnerability and how it can be used has not yet been released, but on Thursday, Apple confirmed that it turned off this feature in Apple Watch while working on a fix.
According to a statement from Apple addressed to the tech department, “We just learned about the vulnerability associated with the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and disabled this feature. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and restore functionality as soon as possible. ”
Apple Watch iPhone wiretap
Apple said in a statement that it was not aware of any exploitation of the vulnerability in relation to the client, and its use requires specific conditions and sequences of events. According to reports, this flaw was discovered and reported through the Apple Vulnerability Portal on its website.
This issue is similar to another Apple incident earlier this year when the phone giant was forced to temporarily disable Group FaceTime due to a serious flaw found in this feature.
The error that has since been fixed allowed anyone who uses iOS to connect with other iOS FaceTime users and listen to their personal conversations, while the user on the other end did not reject or accept the call. This bug uses a new feature introduced in FaceTime as part of iOS 12.1 called Group FaceTime.
In addition to this problem, over the past few months, Apple has also faced many vulnerabilities in its products, including the iMessage error last week, which could block iPhones running on older versions of the company's iOS software, and in June a flaw was discovered. which allowed hackers to simulate mouse clicks to allow malicious behavior on MacOS Mojave.