A serious FaceTime bug allows users to call somebody via FaceTime and access their phone’s microphone and camera regardless of whether the person picks up the call. Apple has since said they’ve identified a fix that will be in a software update later this week.
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) January 29, 2019
There are many people who have concerns over devices such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod in their homes because they simply don’t trust the cameras and microphones. Those people are reassured that there is no need to worry and then things like this happen.
The FaceTime bug definitely proves that your phone can be used as a remote listening device “without any authentication”.
— Marcus J. Carey (@marcusjcarey) January 29, 2019
Here’s how to access audio and video of somebody else’s iPhone before they answer or don’t.
1. Start a FaceTime video call.
2. While it’s still ringing, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and click “Add Person.”
3. Add your own phone number to the call.
You’ll now be able to hear the microphone from the other device, even if the owner is nowhere nearby.
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) January 29, 2019
Apple has since made the group chat function in FaceTime unavailable, but the issue still impacts one-on-one FaceTime calls. Here’s how to disable FaceTime on your iPhone until the company rolls out a fix later this week
- Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad
- Scroll down and select FaceTime
- Toggle off the green button at the top of the screen.
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