Apple hit with lawsuit over FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Apple is facing its first lawsuit related to a FaceTime eavesdropping bug that was first discovered on Monday (Jan.28th), Bloomberg reports.

According to court documents, lawyer, Larry Williams II, filed a complaint in a state court in Houston claiming that the intrusion happened when he was taking sworn testimony during a client deposition.

He said the bug intrudes on the privacy of “one’s most intimate conversations without consent.”

Mr. Williams is suing Apple for unspecified punitive damages on his claim of negligence, product liability, misrepresentation and warranty breach.

By exploiting the bug in Group FaceTime, the bug enables a caller to eavesdrop on a person’s audio conversation even if that person does not accept the call. Camera access is also granted if the recipient clicked either the power button or one of the volume controls.

Apple ignored warnings related to FaceTime bug

According to a BBC report, a mother and her 14-year-old son made several attempts to warn Apple about the bug over a week ago.

On Friday last week (Jan.25th), she and her son even posted a video on YouTube demonstrating the flaw but received no responses from the company.

Michelle G. Thompson, a lawyer, posted to Twitter a series of emails and bug reports sent to Apple detailing her son’s discovery.

In the BBC report, Michelle is quoted saying: “I have letters, emails, tweets, and msgs. sent to Apple for 10+ days reporting the Group FaceTime bug that lets someone listen in. My teenager discovered it! Never heard back from them.”

Reports of the bug then began circulating on social media on Monday.

Apple addressed the issue by disabling the Group FaceTime server, and the feature currently remains unavailable.

Apple is planning to release a software update later this week to fix the issue, but the company did not confirm how long this bug was available before it was discovered.

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