Apple rushes to fix FaceTime 'eavesdropping' bug

Apple FaceTime glitch lets you silently snoop on others

Apple is working on a fix to a FaceTime problem that could see people spy on your conversations. The bug allows iPhone and iPad users to eavesdrop on someone they call using FaceTime, 9to5Mac reports. The publication listed a detailed succession of steps needed to reproduce the glitch, which involved starting a FaceTime video call with an iPhone contact and then immediately adding your own phone number to the call. By doing this, the call becomes a group call and the recipient's audio becomes available even if they haven't answered. Since the flaw also affects Mac users, you'll want to open your FaceTime app on the Mac, go to Preferences, and uncheck "Enable this account" to turn it off. When you call someone and then use the menu option to add another party to the call before the first recipient answers, you can receive audio and video from that first person's device - without them realizing it. You can disable FaceTime on your iPhone by heading to Settings and toggle the FaceTime icon to gray. Even worse, if the person that is being called presses the power button to mute the FaceTime call, the front facing camera would turn on as well.

Apple has tried to distinguish itself from rival technology companies such as Google and Facebook by boasting about its privacy record.

Apple's online support page noted there was a technical issue with the application and that Group Facetime "is temporarily unavailable".

Apple announced the feature past year, but then removed it from early test versions of its iOS 12 operating system.

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Serious bug in Apple's FaceTime allows you to listen to people before they answer the call

New York Governor Cuomo issued a consumer alert warning to residents of New York about this bug.

The FaceTime bug exists on iOS devices that have iOS 12.1 or later. Apple has promised to issue a permanent fix "later this week", according to 9to5Mac.

Apple is scrambling to fix a serious bug that has been discovered in its FaceTime messaging services.

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