Apple Faces a Second Privacy Exploit With the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie Feature

By Shabana Arif on at

Apple has announced that it'll be disabling the Apple Watch walkie-talkie which it announced in 2014 and only got around to rolling out last year, because it can be hijacked to listen in on wearers.

The company hasn't gone into specifics, but it's fixing the bug, that was flagged on its dedicated page for such things, during the downtime.

"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," reads Apple's statement. "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible.

"Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously."

It added that the choice to disable the app for the time being is "the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent."

Apple's FaceTime had a similar bug earlier this year, and makers of the Zoom app are wrestling with their own security issues right now. Just crank up the paranoia level to 100 to stay ahead of the panic on these things.