A new FaceTime bug can allow people to listen in to iPhone and Mac users.
According to reports, people can eavesdrop on your conversations even if you decide not to answer the call.
US Today reported that the bug was circulated on the internet Monday night and all people with intentions to eavesdrop on you need to do is to start a FaceTime call.
“They will swipe up to add a person and enter your own phone phone number. r. This will create a group FaceTime call and automatically answer the call for the first person. Both the caller and the original recipient will be able to hear one another, or if the caller is quiet, allow them to eavesdrop if the recipient did not hear the original call,” the newspaper wrote.
A newly discovered FaceTime bug lets people hear and even see those they are reaching out to on iPhones using the video calling software, sparking privacy fears.
The bug, initially outlined by Apple product and review website 9to5Mac.com, was reported by several media outlets.
A video posted at Twitter account @BmManski showing how simple it is to take advantage of the flaw and listen in on an iPhone being called using FaceTime logged more than a million views and was shared 10,000 times by early evening in California.
Some Twitter users offered advice to disable the FaceTime application until a fix was in place.
An Apple statement quoted in US media said the iPhone maker was aware of this issue and has “identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”
When a phone number is dialed on FaceTime — the iPhone´s internet-based voice and video calling feature — the caller can swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap an option to add a person, according to video demonstrations.
If a caller enters their number as also being the added caller, a group call begins even though the person being called has not answered yet.
The caller can then then eavesdrop on the person being called, and in some demonstrations peek through the front-facing camera. Declining a call breaks the connection.
“Disable FaceTime for now until Apple fixes,” Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey advised in a tweet.
Dorsey´s message included a forwarded post by technologist Andy Baio.
“Want to see a really bad bug?” Baio asked in his post.
“You can FaceTime any iOS device running 12.1 and listen in remotely-WITHOUT THE OTHER PERSON ANSWERING THE CALL.”
Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment