Apple iOS update fixes group FaceTime privacy bug

Apple Has Finally Released A FaceTime Fix That You Need To Download Right Now

Two leading Democrats from the House of Representatives questioned CEO Tim Cook Tuesday over the delay in both responding to the query from Michele Thompson and the time it took to rectify the issue.

The bug allowed eavesdropping by someone calling their FaceTime contacts, receiving audio from them without their knowledge before they answered the call.

Apple has finally delivered a fix to its Group FaceTime bug that let users eavesdrop on others with an accidental workaround.

That so-called logic issue, discovered by a teenager in mid-January, burst into the public eye on Jan. 28 and forced Apple to disable the group FaceTime service altogether.

The company eventually chose to block Group FaceTime completely once it was discovered that users could snoop on each other, promising a fix that would resolve it by the end of the week.




Apple credited 14-year-old Grant Thompson of Tucson, Arizona, for discovering the bug, almost a week after thanking him for reporting the flaw in the first place. To make matters worse, if the person receiving the call pressed the power button to mute the ringing, their front-facing camera would turn on allowing the caller to see what was happening in the room. If you haven't received any notification, you can download iOS 12.1.4 by going to Settings General Software Update.

'We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible, ' Apple said.

Without disclosing the exact amount, Apple said it plans on compensating Thompson for discovering the vulnerability and will also provide an additional gift to fund his education.

Now, Apple has credited Grant, who's from Catalina, in Arizona, with finding the flaw. "The issue was addressed with improved state management", the company wrote on the support page while briefing the fix.

You can read the full security update details here. Currently, Apple only pays for bugs found in the iOS operating system for phones.

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