FaceTime 'eavesdropping' bug lets you snoop on your ignorant friends

FaceTime 'eavesdropping' bug lets you snoop on your ignorant friends

Lindsey Duncan
January 30, 2019

Well, at least one of those things became a Group FaceTime glitch, which forced Apple to take action and disable the feature for now.

All you need to do is start a video call with a fellow iOS user, swipe up while it's dialling and hit "Add person". At which point, regardless of whether the user you called accepted the call or not, you'd be able to listen to any audio picked up by their microphone.

The company's system status website now lists FaceTime as having an ongoing issue, with a message attached confirming Group FaceTime is "temporarily unavailable".

Apple iPhone users are being warned of a bug that allows eavesdropping on their devices through the FaceTime app.

Before the world learned about Apple's FaceTime bug, a 14-year-old boy in Arizona first discovered it, while playing a game of Fortnite with his friends. Basically, when you call someone using FaceTime, you will immediately hear the audio coming from the other phone/tablet even if that person hasn't answered the call yet.

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Apple iDevice users worldwide are reporting a privacy intrusion bug in the built-in FaceTime communications app that lets callers watch and listen in on other parties during unanswered calls. Venture Beat also reported that this glitch could be replicated with a Mac as well, making this glitch especially scary. "The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk".

You can always enable FaceTime again once Apple has rolled out an update with the necessary fix.

Apple said in a statement Monday night that it has identified a fix for the problem and will release it in a software update later this week.

As always, bugs happen, so all we can do is wait and see how well and quickly Apple fixes it.

In order to deactivate FaceTime on your iOS device, navigate to "Settings, ' then tap on 'FaceTime" and select 'Off'. Then go to the menu bar in the upper right hand corner, click FaceTime Preferences Sign out.