Apple fixes iPhone bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on FaceTime calls

Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

Two key US House of Representatives Democrats on Tuesday asked Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to answer questions about the bug, saying they were "deeply troubled" over how long it took Apple to address the security flaw. Apple was quick to disable the Group FaceTime issue within hours after it was widely publicised.

The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime.

Apple ran afoul of some security issues recently, after a bug within Group FaceTime was revealed to allow callers to hear a recipient's audio even before they answered the incoming call. The changelog mentions "important security updates", and those include a fix for the Group FaceTime bug that was recently publicized. With this move, February 5th, 2019 was the last date anyone could downgrade their devices to an older iOS version if they faced any trouble. Meanwhile, do note that the Group FaceTime will not be available to users that didn't upgrade to the latest version of iOS and macOS.

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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. If you haven't received any notification, you can download iOS 12.1.4 by going to Settings General Software Update. The update has also arrived for systems still running macOS High Sierra or macOS Sierra, and is accessible through the Mac App Store's Updates tab, as Apple changed this update method in macOS Mojave.

Apple plans to contribute to his college fund and will also pay a bounty to him and his family for reporting the bug.

While you're there, you can choose to automatically install updates.

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