Apple Says It's Fixing FaceTime Bug That Enables Eavesdropping

January 29, 2019


Late Monday, Apple disabled a Group FaceTime feature that allowed users to eavesdrop on other iPhone, iPad and Mac users--even if the person on the other end didn't answer their device. As The Wall Street Journal explains, "The glitch, which was flagged on social media Monday, allows one FaceTime user calling another to listen in while the recipient’s Apple device is still ringing—even if the person never accepts the call. It requires several steps, but could be used by someone familiar with the technique to eavesdrop on rooms with unattended devices, to briefly listen in on a FaceTime user before the person accepts or rejects the call, or even to receive an unauthorized video feed from the phone." On Tuesday, Apple released a statement which read, “We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week."