A FaceTime Bug Lets People Eavesdrop Without You Answering the Call


Social media is alight after a jaw-dropping flaw was discovered with Apple’s FaceTime software that allows users to listen on others without them even answering the call, according to 9to5Mac. 

A newly discovered FaceTime bug lets people hear and even see those they are contacting on iPhones using the video calling software who have not yet accepted the call.

The bug, initially outlined by Apple product and review website 9to5Mac.com, has sparked privacy fears and was reported by several media outlets.

A video posted at Twitter account @BmManski showing how simple it is to take advantage of the flaw and listen in on an iPhone being called using FaceTime logged nearly two million views and was shared 14,000 times by late yesterday evening in California.

Some Twitter users offered advice to disable the FaceTime application until a fix was in place.

An Apple support page listed Group FaceTime calling as “temporarily unavailable” as of 7.16pm California time (3.16am Irish time) due to an ongoing “issue” that was not specified.

“Disable FaceTime for now until Apple fixes,” Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey advised in a tweet.

His message included a forwarded post by technologist Andy Baio.

“Want to see a really bad bug?” Mr Baio asked in his post.

“You can FaceTime any iOS device running 12.1 and listen in remotely-WITHOUT THE OTHER PERSON ANSWERING THE CALL.”

Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

FaceTime software enables voice or video calls using iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and Macintosh computers.

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