Iphone FaceTime Glitch

 

FaceTime could be spying on You

 

[Nationwide]- Over the weekend, iPhone users stumbled upon a glitch in the iPhone app FaceTime that allows a person calling to listen to audio from the recipient… before they even accept or reject the call.  Obviously causing a major privacy issue, FaceTime users can listen in on any iOS user (mobile or desktop devices). This does occur as the app is ringing, however, the end user has no way of knowing it is streaming live audio. The recipient's screen only shows an incoming call. It gets worse… on a mobile phone, if the recipient pushes the power button, volume-up, or volume-down the app will show live feed from the recipient’s front-facing camera to the person calling. According to 9to5mac.com, here is how iPhone’s FaceTime bug works:

•    Start a FaceTime Video call with an iPhone contact.

•    Whilst the call is dialing, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap Add Person.

•    Add your own phone number in the Add Person screen.

•    You will then start a group FaceTime call including yourself and the audio of the person you originally called, even if they haven’t accepted the call yet.

•    It will look like in the UI like the other person has joined the group chat, but on their actual device, it will still be ringing on the Lock screen.

 

This could definitely have had potentially hefty repercussions. However, as of Monday, Apple has disabled the “Group FaceTime” feature which they believe was causing the glitch. So users may be unable to make group calls until the bug is fixed. In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said the company is "aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week."  If you are still worried about potential spying, you can go into your phone and/or computer settings and disable the FaceTime app. This breach of privacy, from a company that touts user privacy, is a wakeup call for both Apple and users alike.

 

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