News FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop if the other party doesn't answer

News FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop if the other party doesn't answer

The bug, which Reuters was able to replicate, allows an iPhone user placing a call using Apple's FaceTime video calling feature to hear audio from the recipient's phone even if the recipient has not yet picked up the call.

I tested it and it works.

The bug turns the phone of the recipient of a FaceTime call into a microphone while the call is still ringing. I was spying on him through his iPhone - and I could do the same thing to pretty much anyone on an iPhone right now.

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. MacRumors was also able to get the bug to appear on a Mac, so it appears the glitch does not just affect Apple's iPhone. If the person you're calling happens to hit the power button after you created the Facebook group, you'll then get a live shot of whatever is in front of their front-facing camera.

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The bug - reported by 9to5Mac and confirmed independently by CNET - has the ability to turn any iPhone into a hot mic without the user's knowledge, representing a major security concern for Apple. Otherwise, people cannot only listen in on what you are doing, but in some cases also see what you are doing.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Apple said it had already identified a fix for the issue and would be rolling out a software update later this week. Disable FaceTime on your phone.

Now toggle the FaceTime switch so that it is disabled and your screens looks like the following.

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