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Huge FaceTime iPhone Bug Discovered

Paul Rubens - January 29, 2019 - 03:37 AM
Huge FaceTime iPhone Bug Discovered
iPhones can be used to eavesdrop on their owners thanks to a critical flaw in iOS 12.1.

(CCM) — A bug in Apple's FaceTime software can cause iPhones to send audio to unknown parties without the owners' knowledge, the company has admitted.

The flaw, which appears only to affect iOS 12.1 or newer with FaceTime's group chat function, can cause an iPhone's microphone to activate before an incoming FaceTime request is accepted or rejected, according to a BBC report. The microphone is deactivated when the call is cut after too many rings, the report adds.

Apple has acknowledged the flaw in its software and has disabled Group FaceTime calls for the time being. "We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week," Apple said in a statement.

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, went even further, recommending that Apple users disable FaceTime altogether on their iPhones via the device's settings menu.

The bug revelation will be a particular embarrassment to Apple because the company went to great efforts to emphasise its privacy credentials at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. During the event it paid for a billboard which read: "What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone."

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