Apple has been forced to disable its Walkie-Talkie app from Apple Watch. The move was made because of a vulnerability that could allow someone to listen to other users’ iPhones without their consent.
In a statement sent to Tech Crunch, Apple ensured that the crash was not used against anyone. The apple company apologized to users, and promised to re-activate the app as soon as a solution to the problem is found.
What this feature is for
This app allows users to accept someone’s invitation to receive audio messages. These invitations are sent through an interface where we load to ‘talk’, well to the styles of classic walkie-talkie handsets.
We became aware of a Walkie-Talkie app-related vulnerability in Apple Watch, and we disabled this feature while we were quickly resolving the issue. We apologize to our users for the inconvenience, and we will return the functionality as soon as possible.
While there is no information on any use of this vulnerability against users, and even though specific conditions and sequences are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of users very seriously.
We concluded that disabling the app would be the right option to take, since this error could potentially allow someone to listen to someone else’s iPhone without their consent. We apologize again for this problem, and for the inconvenience.
Apple became aware of the bug through a portal where vulnerabilities are reported. The application will remain installed on devices that already have it, but can not be used until a solution is found.