Massive Security Flaw in Apple FaceTime: Found Thanks to a 14-year-old boy
Apple, the company we know for their privacy policies, had a major security flaw in their Group FaceTime call feature. Apple has already said “We see that privacy is a fundamental human right that people have. We are going to do everything that we can to help maintain that trust.” But in this scenario due to some flaws, the Group FaceTime feature of iPhones and iPads were leaking information about their users.
A 14-year-old boy was the first to report about the bug in this FaceTime feature. Apple quickly responded to the report by the 14-year-old boy.
What was the flaw and what measures did Apple take
Unless you have been living under a rock you might have heard about the flaw. But for those who don’t know – Apple’s Group Facetime had a bug which allowed other users to listen to what was going on the other end even before the other user received the call.
As soon as Apple detected and reproduced the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began to work on the fixes
Thankfully, users can get back to the Group FaceTime calls as a software patch is on its way. “We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week”, said Apple.
In an official statement, Apple thanked the Thompson family for reporting the bug. They also apologized to all the iPhone and iPad users who were affected by this security bug.
Apple was quick to respond to this bug report and was quick enough to block the Group FaceTime feature. At this moment if you have an iPhone you will see that the Groupe FaceTime feature is showing temporarily unavailable. The remote fix is so accurate that it is also not possible to add another person in a one-to-one FaceTime call.