FaceTime bug lets callers eavesdrop on recipients

News by Teri Robinson

A FaceTime bug that lets a caller listen to the audio of the recipient before he or she answers the phone will be addressed in an update later in the week, Apple said Monday night.

A FaceTime bug that lets a caller listen to the audio of the recipient before he or she answers the phone will be addressed in an update later in the week, Apple said Monday night. 

"We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week," CNBC cited an Apple spokesperson as saying. 

The bug is believed to affect any devices running iOS 12.1 or later, according to a report by 9to5Mac, which was able to reproduce it. To exploit the big, a caller would have to initiate a call with a iPhone contact and, while the phone is dialing, swipe up from the lower part of the screen and after choosing "Add Person," add his/her name. 

That launches a group FaceTime call in which the recipient’s audio can be heard even if they’ve not accepted the call, the report said.
Until Apple issues an update, users can disable FaceTime by going to Settings and turning off the feature.

This article was originally published on SC Media US.

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