Serious Apple glitch lets users snoop on people they call on FaceTime

Serious Apple glitch lets users snoop on people they call on FaceTime

Serious Apple glitch lets users snoop on people they call on FaceTime

In turns out there is a serious issue with FaceTime that allows you to listen in, or even view video, from a recipient's iPhone without that person ever answering the FaceTime call.

The bug, reported by 9to5Mac, is simple to perform on the latest version of iOS: you just start a FaceTime video call, then swipe up from the bottom and tap Add Person.

The software glitch reportedly allows a caller to hear audio from a target device before they either pick up or reject the call.

Apple added multi-person FaceTime calling at the end of a year ago via a software update that was, in part, created to address previous software bugs.

It happens when a person who is receiving a call presses the power button on a side of an iPhone - something that is typically done to silence or ignore an incoming call. Apple have also now taken Group FaceTime offline.

He said: 'Disable FaceTime for now until Apple fixes'.

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In the meantime, Apple's status page shows it has disabled the ability for users to make group calls on FaceTime. The Cupertino-based company finally rolled out the feature again in last October. It also affects Mac users when they are called from an iPhone.

Apple has acknowledged the bug and says a fix is coming later this week.

The bug, spotted by 9to5Mac on, er, Data Privacy Day, works by exploiting a bug with Apple's Group FaceTime feature, first introduced in iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.1.

The caller can then eavesdrop on the person being called, and in some demonstrations even watch them through the camera app.

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, released a statement warning people about the bug and urging people to disable the app until Apple fixes the issue.

On Monday, as news of the bug finally gained widespread attention, Ms Thompson wrote: "I have letters, emails, tweets and msgs. sent to Apple for 10+ days reporting the Group FaceTime bug that lets someone listen in".

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