"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. We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer's iPhone without consent. We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience."According to TechCrunch, although Apple has temporarily disabled the app while it works on developing a fix, owners won't see Walkie-Talkie disappear from their Apple Watch's screen. Instead, its normal functionality simply will not work until a patch is pushed out at a later - as yet unconfirmed - date. One imagines that it is fairly straightforward for Apple to disable Walkie-Talkie from working properly by making a change on its own servers, rather than updating millions of buggy app installations. The company used a similar technique earlier this year after a 14-year-old uncovered a FaceTime bug that could allow someone to spy on your conversation – and even see through your iPhone’s front-facing camera – before you answered an incoming call. It took Apple little more than a week to fix that Facetime privacy vulnerability, and I would imagine that the company will be keen to show similar responsiveness in handling this latest issue with Walkie-Talkie. As our electronic devices become more essential than ever for modern communications increasing pressure will be placed on manufacturers to ensure that they are properly secured from snoops, whether they be jealous partners, regular criminals, or state-sponsored hackers.
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