FaceTime bug lets iPhone users eavesdrop on persons they're calling

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The person who initiated the call is then able to hear the live audio on the other person's phone, even though the recipient has not accepted the call.

An iPhone owner can attempt to replicate the security bug by starting a FaceTime call with a contact, then - while the phone is ringing - swiping up on the screen and selecting "Add Person".

A major FaceTime bug has been uncovered allowing iPhone users to call another device via FaceTime and hear audio on the other end, before the recipient has answered the call. 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.

Apple has released a statement saying the bug will be fixed via an update set for release later this week, but many tech experts are recommending Mac and iPhone users turn off FaceTime until the issue is resolved.

The site also found that video calls to Mac were affected by the same bug, and that in certain circumstances an attacker could also get access to a target iPhone's camera feed before it had picked up. We're told iOS 12.1 and 12.2, and macOS Mojave are vulnerable at least.

What this means, is if someone is calling you on FaceTime, they could be listening and seeing what you are doing without you even knowing.

Given that the bug doesn't seem to work with my iPhone XS Max running the iOS 12.2 beta, it's likely that Apple was aware of the issue. Exploiting the bug requires only minor effort and it appears disabling FaceTime is the only protection from it.

All you can do is disable FaceTime to prevent people from snooping on you.

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