FaceTime bug lets callers spy on recipients’ audio before they answer

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The other person isn't aware that the caller can hear them.

We learned of this via 9to5Mac.

A newly discovered FaceTime bug enables callers to listen into the recipient's audio before they answer the phone, according to iPhone users who have been impacted by it. In order to trigger the FaceTime bug, you have to start a call, add a person, and choose your own phone number when prompted, thus you'll start a group call even if the other person's phone is still ringing. The bug presents a significant privacy issue, one call recipients may be unaware of as they contemplate whether or not to answer. There's no way to limit FaceTime only to your friends, from what we know.

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Apple added multi-person FaceTime calling at the end of a year ago via a software update that was, in part, created to address previous software bugs.

The issue, which has been reported by Bloomberg as well as 9to5Mac, seems to only occur with Group FaceTime calls and also requires somewhat specific circumstances.

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That's completely insane. A bug this big needs to be fixed immediately. We're told iOS 12.1 and 12.2, and macOS Mojave are vulnerable at least.

If you and your mates are partial to a bit of FaceTime action every now and then, you might wanna hold off until Apple fixes its latest major bug. Until then, the only way to protect yourself is by going to Settings, FaceTime and disabling the feature. You'll have to repeat this process on all your devices-for example, if you have both an iPhone and iPad. You'll have to repeat this step on all your Macs, too.

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