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Apple says it has fixed bug that allowed eavesdropping on FaceTime

Apple says it has fixed bug that allowed eavesdropping on FaceTime”

The FaceTime eavesdropping bug allowed iPhone users to exploit a privacy-invading "Group FaceTime" flaw that let one person connect to another person and hear conversations (and see a video, in some cases) without the other person ever having accepted the call.

Apple said it had fixed the bug on its servers but needed an iPhone software update to turn the feature back on.

Apple has officially apologised to all iPad and iPhone users over the massive security flaw that affected the Group FaceTime calls.

In a statement sent to Mashable, Apple says it has fixed the significant security bug after it had moved quickly to disable Group FaceTime after the bug was discovered.

The function for group calls where up to 32 users can be added only at the end of October with the Version 12.1 of the Apple operating system iOS added.

The family tried reaching Apple through multiple channels.

Apple acknowledged the help in its statement, saying: "We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug". We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us. When the issue was brought to public attention last week, Apple faced criticism not only for the bug itself, but also for seemingly having failed to act on a bug report from 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his mother Michelle several days previously. The company also said that it was looking to simplify bug reporting procedures. "We appreciate everyone's patience as we complete this process", Apple said in a statement on Friday. Though the update is not yet available for consumers, it has been confirmed that Apple is indeed testing it. That is, it turned the device into a hot mic without the user's knowledge.

Apple had originally said that a fix was coming this week.

The youngster had discovered a bug that allowed him to force other iPhones to answer a FaceTime call, even if the other person doesn't take any action. His mother, Michele Thompson, tweeted about her son's discovery for days before the company and media outlets picked up on it.

Thompson insisted she tried to report the problem to the Cupertino-based company but did not receive a response.



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