Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

Apple finally releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers iOS 12.1.4, Apple’s update that fixes the FaceTime bug, is now available to download
Katie Ramirez | 08 February, 2019, 15:24

The update also had a handful of fixes for unrelated bugs in Foundation, IOKit and Live Photos in FaceTime, per Apple's security notes for iOS 12.1.4. Sometimes they could even see through the recipient's front-facing camera (reportedly when declining the call by pressing the power button).

While you're there, you can choose to automatically install updates. Finally, Apple acknowledged the problem on January 29, and shut down group chat on FaceTime. "The issue was addressed with improved state management".

As Apple's system status page points out, the group FaceTime servers are now back online and you can once again make group FaceTime calls- but only after you update.

Exploiting the bug did not require any technical expertise. Macs are also getting an updated version of macOS 10.14.3 to fix the Group FaceTime flaw, as this feature is also built into that platform. Apple turned off the group chat feature last week, several days after a 14-year-old boy in Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw. Apple has also credited him with the discovery, and told the news website that they were compensating the Thompson family and "providing an additional gift to fund Grant Thompson's tuition". Apple unfortunately never responded to these attempts and only paid attention when videos of the bug started circulating on social media. Apple has not stated if they are planning on doing so.

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The update is about 335MB is size and you'll have to connect to a WiFi connection to download.

Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen.

According to Apple the update is for all iPhones newer than the 5s, the iPad Air and later iPads, as well as the iPod touch 6th generation.

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