Security flaw allows iPhone users to drop-in on contacts via FaceTime

Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018

The bug appears to rely on Apple's FaceTime group calling feature and in some instances, broadcast both video and audio from the recipient's phone. In some cases, the bug can also show live video of the other person if they press a volume button to dismiss the call. Under certain circumstances, the glitch also allowed callers to see the person they were calling before they picked up.

According to reports, people can eavesdrop on your conversations even if you decide not to answer the call.

Apple said it has developed a fix and the update would be rolled out this week.

The Cupertino, California-based company was not immediately available to comment on the update on its system status page. Though the bug has been segmented on group calls, individual FaceTime calls can still be affected. 'You can FaceTime any iOS device running 12.1 and listen in remotely-WITHOUT THE OTHER PERSON ANSWERING THE CALL'. Before the person picks up, the app allows you to add your own phone number to the call.

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Apple iDevice users worldwide are reporting a privacy intrusion bug in the built-in FaceTime communications app that lets callers watch and listen in on other parties during unanswered calls. Apple issued a statement to the site, saying that a fix will be coming later this week. 9to5Mac and others have also reported methods for activating the receiver's video since the initial exploit was discovered.

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., recommended that users disable FaceTime until a fix is issued.

Apple does seem to have temporarily disabled FaceTime due to the serious privacy risk it poses, though that should not stop you from turning off the service on your device as well.

Users can disable FaceTime by going into Settings, navigating to the FaceTime section, and toggling off the green button at the top of the screen. However, after two months of a successful run, the Group FaceTime feature caught a bug and had to be pulled down again.

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