A serious bug in extreme violation of the user’s privacy has been detected in Apple’s FaceTime.
According to 9 To 5 Mac, FaceTime lets the caller hear the audio of the recipient’s phone, before they even pick it up!
Apple spokesperson has claimed that the bug will be addressed in a software update ‘later this week’.
According to Mashable, the spokesperson has said,
“We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”
In another update, according to 9 to 5 Mac, Apple has disabled Group FaceTime to address the issue meanwhile.
Here’s how the bug works – While you’re dialing someone on FaceTime, add your own phone number, making it a Group call, and this will enable the caller to hear the audio of the other person, even if they haven’t picked up the call, according to 9 To 5 Mac.
And it gets more scary.
According to Mashable, shortly after the recipient hits the power button to end the call, the camera starts sharing the back video.
Basically, this bug enables a caller to see and hear the recipient even before they have picked up the call. And this has Netizens freaked out.
This is not good — FaceTime call any iPhone and hear their microphone instantly, without their consent. https://t.co/nfEqWbxAHE— Benjamin Mayo (@bzamayo) January 28, 2019
People are warning others to turn the FaceTime feature off.
Settings > FaceTime > OffIf you have an apple device do this IMMEDIATELY. https://t.co/KYQVQhS7ui— Mitch Dyer (@MitchyD) January 29, 2019
The FaceTime bug definitely proves that your phone can be used as a remote listening device “without any authentication”.— Marcus J. Carey (@marcusjcarey) January 29, 2019