IPhone owners could be spied on through microphone on Apple Watch

Alonzo Simpson
July 11, 2019

This is according to a statement from Apple to TechCrunch, where Apple apologized for the bug and said it was working on a fix so it could reinstate the feature soon.

However, as TechCrunch reports, even though the app is still present on the Apple Watch, no call will go through if you try and use it today. The company also claims that they were not aware of any use of the vulnerability against Apple Watch users, and that it required very "specific conditions and sequences of events" to be exploited.

Apparently, the flaw could have allowed a skilled enough hacker to "listen through another customer's iPhone without consent".

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"We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue", the company said in a statement.

The technology giant said there was now no evidence of the flaw having been used but it had disabled the app as a precaution until a fix could be issued. No further details are provided as to how far this invasion of privacy could have gone, but you can probably understand why Apple needed to take such quick, decisive, and extreme action, basically rendering the Walkie-Talkie functionality useless while cooking up a fix. While somewhat gimmicky, we can absolutely understand why certain users would find Walkie-Talkie useful in certain scenarios when writing a text or making a call on their iPhone is simply not as convenient. The company is clearly taking the matter seriously, and this could be because of an eavesdropping bug that was discovered in FaceTime a year ago.

The issue - which was a problem with the Zoom video chat app rather than with Apple's own software - let crooks turn Mac webcams on remotely.

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