Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

IPhone FaceTime bug lets you listen in on someone before they answer

IPhone FaceTime bug lets you listen in on someone before they answer

The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime and immediately receive audio from their phone before they've accepted or rejected the incoming call. Under certain circumstances, the glitch also allowed callers to see the person they were calling before they picked up.

To avoid falling victim to the bug, disable FaceTime on all your devices until Apple's software updates have been released. Last night, the company said it temporarily disabled all group FaceTime functionality.

FBN's Dagen McDowell on a bug in Apple's FaceTime app that allows people to eavesdrop on FaceTime users' calls. MacRumors was also able to get the bug to appear on a Mac, so it appears the glitch does not just affect Apple's iPhone.

9To5Mac and Gizmodo US had no problem testing the bug for themselves with an iPhone XR and XS - but it seems that the bug can be used between any Apple devices running iOs 12.1 or later.

An iPhone owner can attempt to replicate the security bug by starting a FaceTime call with a contact, then - while the phone is ringing - swiping up on the screen and selecting "Add Person".

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.

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In some cases, the target iPhone would send video, probably without the receiver's knowledge, the BBC reported.

It is activated when calling someone via FaceTime.

In a statement provided to USA Today and other media outlets, Apple says that it is "aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week".

Apple is scrambling to fix a serious bug that has been discovered in its FaceTime messaging services.

Therefore, many security experts are recommending people turn off FaceTime in their iOS settings.

The issue comes at a critical juncture for Apple, which has been beset by slowing iPhone sales. Then go to the menu bar in the upper right hand corner, click FaceTime Preferences Sign out.

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