Apple to patch privacy bug in video-calling feature

A still from Leaving Neverland

Inside Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

A newly discovered FaceTime bug lets people hear and even see those they are reaching out to on iPhones even if the other person hasn't answered their phone.

The bug allows a user to call someone on FaceTime and automatically begin hearing the other person before they pick up the call.

To do this, users would have to start a new FaceTime video call with the person they wanted to listen to.

9to5Mac reported that pressing buttons to block the call or turn off the device would result in video being sent to the call maker, without the recipient's knowledge.

It happens when a person who is receiving a call presses the power button on a side of an iPhone - something that is typically done to silence or ignore an incoming call.

Galperin said Apple should develop a better process for fielding reports about potential security flaws.

On Monday Apple pulled down access to its FaceTime group calling feature amidst reports of a potential eavesdropping issue. You can do that by going to your Settings, scrolling down to FaceTime and tapping it, and then toggling it off in that menu.

To avoid falling victim to the bug, disable FaceTime on all your devices until Apple's software updates have been released. The Cupertino-based company has disabled the Group FaceTime feature for the time-being.

The phone rings, so the recipient is aware that they're being called, but there's no way for the recipient to know that they're being listened to. It also applies to Macs running Mojave.

CNN senior editor Brian Ries successfully used it on friends, family members and a colleague, and in one instance was even able to see video of the people he was calling. Earlier this month, the company issued a rare update to its quarterly revenue projections, saying it would miss fiscal first-quarter estimates by as much as $9 billion, due in part to the Trump administration's trade war with China.

"The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk", Governor Cuomo said in the statement.

Latest News