Apple’s FaceTime bug is a newly discovered software that lets Apple users snoop in on the people calling, and even permit you to see through their front camera, without them picking up the call.
If you have the latest iPhone update, chances are that your FaceTime bug could be eavesdropping on your conversation and allowing access to your camera without knowing nor even touching the phone to do it.
According to San Francisco (CNN Business) who confirmed the bug multiple times in its own tests, the bug, first reported by 9to5Mac on Monday, was recreated by the people across social media.
In belief, Apple made a statement on Monday night where they confirmed to have identified a fixed solution to the problem and they will send out a software updated this week. In the meantime, Apple’s website has indicated that the Group FaceTime is unavailable, and has further confirmed that it has started disabling the Group FaceTime features for all users.
Experts traced back the bug back on iPads and iPhones running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave, which have recently updated the software. The bug pack is linked to the recently added Group FaceTime feature.
The bug is activated once you call someone via the FaceTime feature, swipe up to add another person to the call, and then add your own phone number. After that, the person who initiated the call is able to listen to the live audio on the other person’s phone, despite the receiver not picking the call. In some special cases, the bug allowed the caller to see the recipient if they the pressed the power button on the side of the phone to dismiss the call, an action typically used to ignore a call.
According to CNN senior editor Brian Ries successfully used the flaw on his family members, friends, and a colleague, and at some-one point he was even able to see a video of the persons he was calling.
Even though Apple’s decision to shut down the Group FaceTime seems to have dealt with bug exploitation, users still wishing for an extra degree of security may opt to disable the FaceTime feature for good.
Up to date, it’s still not clear how Apple will extend the protection to the users who rarely update their phones to the latest operating system. Either because they don’t know how to reach out to them or they can’t work and won’t work no matter how long it takes.
However, in order to avoid falling victim of the bud, it wise to disable the FaceTime on all your devices until Apple’s software updates are released.