Terrifying FaceTime bug lets you spy on the person you're calling
- Author: Terrell Bush Jan 30, 2019,
Jan 30, 2019, 0:20
Without the recipient answering the phone, audio from the other user's phone is then streamed to the caller.
"They will swipe up to add a person and enter your own phone phone number. r". First, you call someone on FaceTime.
Apple's online support page noted there was a technical issue with the application and that Group Facetime "is temporarily unavailable". The glitch apparently appears when both the caller and the receiver are running iOS 12.1 or newer on their iPhones.
The bug happens when a user creates a FaceTime conference call, puts in their phone number, and then adds the number of another person.
The technique involves using the software's group chat function, apparently confusing the software into activating the target's microphone, even if the call has not been accepted.
That said, this FaceTime incident is a serious blow to Apple's carefully constructed image of the champion of privacy. Apple is now fixing the issue with the glitch. In the meantime, you might want to consider turning off FaceTime if you're afraid of friends (or enemies) abusing the bug.
An Apple spokesman told the BBC: 'We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week'.
On a Mac, launch the FaceTime app, go to FaceTime menu near the top left and click on Turn FaceTime Off.
In order to deactivate FaceTime on your iOS device, navigate to "Settings, ' then tap on 'FaceTime" and select 'Off'.