A shocking new Apple bug has been revealed: FaceTime actually allows callers to listen in on other users before they pick up the call. For those that aren’t familiar with FaceTime, it’s Apple’s popular video chat application.
The bug serves as highly concerning warning that digital security is something not to be taken lightly. Even the largest software companies on the market can’t promise that their products are completely safe from exploitation.
Due to the bug, if an iPhone user were to call a contact and then added themselves to a group chat during the time that the call was yet to be picked up, they could actually hear the audio on the other end while it was still dialing.
Apple representatives have claimed that they are aware of the issue, and that they will be fixing the bug in a software update. While they took the time to correct the issue, they also took Group FaceTime offline in order to avoid any potential issues.
What’s most alarming about this bug is not only that it provides access into the personal lives of users, but also because it actually requires no hacking skills, and pretty much anyone can listen in if they’d like to.
While it’s not the sort of attack where one is trying to steal governmental intelligence secrets, it still has too much potential for dangerous consequences, and is completely unacceptable.