FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop on your iPhone contacts

FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop on your iPhone contacts

FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop on your iPhone contacts

For those who are rightfully concerned about this bug, my suggestion is that you disable FaceTime immediately until Apple releases a patch. This particular bug allows a caller to hear audio and see the camera feed from their recipients even though they didn't pick up the call.

Videos showing the exploit in action are making their rounds on Twitter and Reddit, where iPhone owners explain that they can listen into the recipient's phone audio - before they answer - by adding themselves to the FaceTime call.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks about group FaceTime during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif.

The bug works like this: FaceTime someone.

Here's the steps to reproduce the security blunder: on an iPhone, video call a contact using FaceTime on a vulnerable device, and while connecting, swipe up and add a person to the call.

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The bug is believed to affect any pair of iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later.

A recently discovered bug with Apple's FaceTime feature is raising privacy concerns.

The issue, which has been reported by Bloomberg as well as 9to5Mac, seems to only occur with Group FaceTime calls and also requires somewhat specific circumstances. Instructions on disabling FaceTime in the meantime are here.

On your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, head to Settings - FaceTime and then toggle the button right at the top to set FaceTime on or off (a green button on screen indicates FaceTime is on).

In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for Apple said, "We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week".

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