Privacy Nightmare For Apple Users: Facetime Bug Allows Callers To Eavesdrop On Recipients!

Apple has swiftly disabled the Group FaceTime feature.

Privacy nightmare for Apple users: Facetime bug
Privacy nightmare for Apple users: Facetime bug

Apple’s FaceTime bug can let callers eavesdrop on recipients! Here are all the details!

A new controversy, a new bug.

Apple has another thing coming their way enough to drag their name through the mud once again. A bug has been discovered in iPhone’s FaceTime app that allows the caller to eavesdrop even without the call being received by the receiver.

First, it was their shady marketing tactics, then it was Apple’s sales dropping by 50%, and now this! Does Apple plan to get down from its happy high and pay attention to what is actually going on?

The FaceTime Bug

This bug lets the caller hear the audio of the person that he is calling even if the call has not been accepted or rejected. This is a huge infiltration of privacy as anyone can now listen in to your private conversations through FaceTime.

Simply put, if your phone rings with a FaceTime incoming call, there is a 100% chance that the caller can tune in to your conversations.

What is worse – if the caller presses the power button, which is used to silence the phone, the caller is enabled access to the recipients’ video as well. If that isn’t creepy, what is! In this case, the receiver will be able to hear the caller’s audio, but unknowingly give the caller easy access to their audio and video.

As per reports, the bug can affect any pair of iPhone devices that run iOS 12.1 or later, be it an iPhone calling an iPhone or iPhone calling a Mac.

This has undeniably put privacy at risk as the recipient of the call is absolutely unaware of how his privacy has been infiltrated. And there are no remedies to this – until Apple fixes the bug.

Apple’s Fix to the Bug

Does this mean that until a solution is found, our privacy will be at risk? No. You can always disable FaceTime in your iOS settings in your Apple device to be safe.

Also, Apple has apparently taken Group FaceTime offline until this is fixed as the bug is specifically affecting Group FaceTime. This will probably help obstruct any further exploitation of the bug.

As per reports, Apple has assured to come up with a fix for this bug in the software update, iOS 12.2 that is set to be released later this week.

Ironically, this bug was detected on Data Privacy Day, a day celebrated internationally to spread awareness about privacy and safety of data.

Just before the bug was revealed, Apple’s CEO tweeted on the account of Data Privacy Day. His tweet says, “On this #DataPrivacyDay let us all insist on action and reform for vital privacy protections. The dangers are real and the consequences are too important.”

How will this FaceTime bug affect Apple’s popularity? Share your opinions with us right here in the comments section!

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