Apple to release fix for FaceTime bug

On Friday, last week (Feb.1st), Apple confirmed that it has found a fix for a security bug that allowed outsiders to eavesdrop on other FaceTime users, according to Apple’s news site 9to5mac.

A software update is expected to be released sometime this week, the company said.

Once the new update is applied, it will allow owners of iPhones, iPad, and Mac computers to re-enable FaceTime, which was disabled when the flaw was first discovered.

The eavesdropping bug was initially reported by 9to5mac last Monday (Jan.28th).

Initially, a 14-year-old boy from Arizona found out he could listen to a friend’s Group FaceTime call on Jan. 19th. He, along with his mother, who is an attorney, tried to inform Apple about the issue but the company was slow to respond.

Apple then turned off the FaceTime group feature as its engineers worked on a fix.

“We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began work on the fix,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement last Friday.

“We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible.”

The news comes after a Houston-attorney, Larry Williams, filed a lawsuit against Apple over the FaceTime bug. He claimed the bug resulted in him being eavesdropped on while he was holding a private deposition with a client.

The New York authorities are now looking into whether the company did enough to warn consumers about the bug.


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