Nasty FaceTime bug lets your contacts spy on you

The bug lets users to hear audio of the recipient even before the call is answered.

Apple iPhone

A serious bug has been discovered in Apple’s FaceTime which lets user hear the person they are calling even before they answer and users are freaking out over social media.

Apple has been notified about the bug has since released a statement saying “We are aware of this issue, and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.” Assuming the scope of the bug, later this week might be actually a little late as this poses a serious privacy threat since one can hear everything that goes on the other side even if the phone is ringing. What’s more, the recipient will have no idea that their conversations are being broadcast to the caller.

The bug can broadcast video too. If the user proceeds to dismiss the call without answering by pressing the volume key, the video will be shared. In simple terms, its equivalent to you being spied or being stalked, which sounds really creepy. For the bug to be active certain steps have to be followed though, rest assured it works. The procedure includes the following steps:

  • Start a FaceTime call with one of your contacts
  • While on the call swipe up from the bottom and tap on Add Person
  • Add your own phone number in Add Person screen
  • FaceTime call including yourself will be started and you will be able to hear the voice of the one you called even the call hasn’t been accepted.

For a company advocating about users privacy, this is a huge problem as Apple’s products are trusted more than any other tech company’s product when it comes to privacy. Apple has been working hard to position itself at the top when it comes to user’s privacy. Apple visibly trolled other tech companies with its huge billboard saying “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone” during CES. But in the light of this recent bug, that statement very much looks like it will come back to haunt Apple.

Even if Apple has assured that they will fix the issue later this week, it might be too late. So if you are concerned, you can disable Facetime altogether. To disable Facetime follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Find FaceTime icon by scrolling down
  • Toggle the Facetime icon to the left.

To disable Facetime on your Mac follow these steps:

  • Open the FaceTime app on your Mac
  • Click “FaceTime” in the Menu bar
  • Click “Turn off FaceTime”

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