Apple is on blast for a bug that let people listen in on your iPhone, leading the company to disable Group Facetime for the time being.
A bug with Group FaceTime made it so iPhone and Mac users could hear the conversations of other iPhone and Mac users, even if the recipient didn’t pick up the call.
The bug was first reported on January 28, by trade publication 9to5Mac. Apple disabled Group FaceTime later that night.
“We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week,” Apple explained in a statement to NowThis.
The bug would be activated when a user added their own number to a FaceTime call with another iPhone and Mac user. This would start a Group FaceTime and activate the recipient’s microphone. The Verge reported that if the recipient pressed the power or volume button on their iPhone, their video would also be transmitted. It’s unclear how long the bug has been active. Group Facetime was introduced with iOS 12.1 on October 30, 2018.
Twitter users voiced their concern when the news came out and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a consumer alert, stating, “The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk.”