Items tagged with group facetime

Although it's arriving later than originally promised, Apple has just issued iOS 12.1.4, which fixes the widely publicized Group FaceTime bug that was revealed early last week. In short, the bug allowed anyone to eavesdrop on your iPhone's microphone by initiating a FaceTime call, and video could even be obtained (without the receiver’s permission) via the exploit. Apple initially disabled Group FaceTime on its servers to immediately shutdown the exploit, and last Friday it instituted a server-side fix for the problem. The release of iOS 12.1.4 now brings relieve on the consumer side for iPhones and iPads. The bug was initially discovered by a teenager, Grant Thompson, who stumbled... Read more...
It looks as though Apple is going to need a little bit more time to fix the glaring security hole that was found in its Group FaceTime feature. When the exploit was first widely publicized on Tuesday afternoon, Apple initially stated it had “identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week." Apple apparently wasn't able to meet that self-imposed deadline and says that the bug will be patched in an iOS update that will be released next week. In a statement sent to MacRumors, Apple apologized for the obvious breach in user privacy – something that the company has always vowed to protect. In the statement, Apple even specifically calls out and... Read more...
Earlier today we reported on a rather nasty Group FaceTime bug that had the potential to affect every iPhone user running iOS 12.1.2 or higher. In a nutshell, the bug allowed anyone to place a FaceTime call to another person, tap on the “Add Person” button, after which you would add your own phone. Once these steps were completed, the initial caller would be able to hear what’s picked up by the receiver’s microphone even if they didn’t answer the incoming FaceTime call.  Even more disconcerting is the fact that a brief glimpse of video could also be transmitted from the receiver’s phone if they hit the power button to end... Read more...