Major iPhone FaceTime Bug Lets You Eavesdrop on Any iPhone User

Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018

The bug can be reproduced by starting a FaceTime call, swiping up from the bottom and clicking "Add person" and adding your own phone number to the conversation.

Now that FaceTime is disabled, callers will be unable to utilize this bug to listen and watch you without your permission through FaceTime.

Videos showing the exploit in action are making their rounds on Twitter and Reddit, where iPhone owners explain that they can listen into the recipient's phone audio - before they answer - by adding themselves to the FaceTime call.

To disable FaceTime on a Mac, open the FaceTime app and select FaceTime Turn FaceTime Off. This will cause the microphone of the person you are calling to turn on and allow the caller to listen to what is happening in the room. In some cases, the bug can also show live video of the other person if they press a volume button to dismiss the call.

Apple reckons it'll push out a software fix for this privacy gaffe later this week.

Ok, here's the thing. iOS 12.1 has a major bug with FaceTime. By doing this, the call becomes a group call and the recipient's audio becomes available even if they haven't answered.

The bug is believed to affect any pair of iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later.

"We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week", an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.

On an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings FaceTime and toggle FaceTime off. At this point in time, disabling FaceTime or immediately dismissing FaceTime calls appear to be the only protection against snooping.

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