Saturday, 16 February, 2019

FaceTime 'eavesdropping' bug lets you snoop on your ignorant friends

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The bug presents a significant privacy issue, one call recipients may be unaware of as they contemplate whether or not to answer. However, their phone screen stills show the call is incoming, rather than connected.

On Monday Apple pulled down access to its FaceTime group calling feature amidst reports of a potential eavesdropping issue. The only assuring fact is that since the phone rings normally, the caller can't be entirely covert about it.

Group FaceTime video calls require an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini 4 running iOS 12.1.

In some cases, the target iPhone would reportedly send video, probably without the receiver's knowledge. Older iOS devices that support iOS 12.1 can participate in Group FaceTime audio calls only.

Now that FaceTime is disabled, callers will be unable to utilize this bug to listen and watch you without your permission through FaceTime. Apple plans to release a software update to fix the bug "later this week", an Apple spokesperson told Reuters. Exploiting the bug requires only minor effort and it appears disabling FaceTime is the only protection from it.

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Call someone from your contacts using FaceTime.

The caller can then then eavesdrop on the person being called, and in some demonstrations peek through the front-facing camera.

In the meantime, industry figures including Twitter founder Jack Dorsey have urged users to disable the FaceTime feature as a precautionary measure until Apple fixes the issue.

"Want to see a really bad bug?"

According to the report, the bud lets people call anyone on FaceTime and listen to the audio coming from the person they're calling even if the person has not accepted or rejected the call.

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