Apple has disabled a group-chat function in FaceTime after users said a software bug could let callers activate another person's microphone remotely. The person who initiated the call is then able to hear the live audio on the other person's phone, even though the recipient has not accepted the call.
"They will swipe up to add a person and enter your own phone phone number. r". The flaw also allows video to be sent if the other user clicks either their power button or one of the volume controls.
A serious flaw in Apple's FaceTime application has gone viral on social media.
FaceTime is essentially answering the call for that person so it ends up being a group FaceTime conversation.
US Today reported that the bug was circulated on the internet Monday night and all people with intentions to eavesdrop on you need to do is to start a FaceTime call.More news: Piercing cold to threaten frozen pipes, frostbite in northeastern US
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All was going well during the National Privacy Day in the US, with Apple's Tim Cook commemorating the event by emphasizing on the importance of data privacy until one of the offerings of the Cupertino giant was attacked by a bug.
The bug, which appeared to rely on Apple's group video-calling feature, was discovered amid increasing concern about privacy by regulators around the globe. Yes, you can call someone and listen to them even if they don't attend your call. As an advisory it's worth, for the time being at least, completely disabling FaceTime where you can across iPhone, Mac and iPads.
In the meantime, iPhone users can protect their privacy by disabling FaceTime in settings, according to Mac9to5. "The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk".
This is, quite obviously, a massive privacy issue and the Cupertino tech giant has confirmed in a statement that it is aware of the problem and will roll out a fix "later this week".