“The group FaceTime bug has affected all devices running iOS 12.1 or later and is scheduled to be fixed over the next week”
Apple has put out an official statement regarding the group FaceTime eavesdropping bug, saying that it has patched the flaw on its servers and will roll out an update to iOS in the coming week. The bug, which affected Group FaceTime users across all devices running iOS 12.1 or later, allowed users to eavesdropping on the audio and video of the receiver without their knowledge. The audio was being transmitted to the caller without the incoming call being accepted or rejected on the receiver’s end.
The bug was first reported by a mother and son of the Thompson family, who claimed to have sent multiple emails to Apple regarding the same, along with a video evidence on January 22nd. And although they were pretty much ignored by Apple until the whole episode blew up on social media, in an official statement to 9to5mac, Apple has thanked the family for reporting the issue.
“We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologise to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process,” the statement reads.
Apple has further stated it disabled the Group FaceTime feature as soon as its team became aware of the bug and started working on a fix. However in reality, Apple responded only when the whole scenario became widespread – the emails and videos shared by the Thompson family were dated January 22nd, but the first reaction by Apple came almost a week after that.
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