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Apple says it’s fixing bug in Walkie Talkie app

July 12, 2019
FILE - In this March 27, 2018, file photo an Apple Watch sits on display during an Apple event at their main store in Chicago. Apple says it’s fixing a security flaw affecting the Walkie Talkie app on Apple Watch. The company said Friday, July 12, 2019, that it has temporarily disabled a feature that could have allowed someone to listen through another person’s iPhone without that person’s consent. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple says it’s fixing a security flaw affecting the Walkie Talkie app on Apple Watch.

The company said Friday it has temporarily disabled a feature that could have allowed someone to listen through another person’s iPhone without that person’s consent.

Apple says it’s not easy to exploit the bug to spy on a customer and there’s no evidence anyone has done so.

The company says it plans to fix the problem quickly.

Apple pledged earlier this year to respond more quickly to people who report vulnerabilities after a 14-year-old boy in Arizona discovered a serious FaceTime group-chatting bug that went unaddressed for more than a week. Apple later rewarded the teenager for his sleuthing.

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