A major FaceTime bug was discovered yesterday that lets others listen in on you before you answer the call. Yes, you can call someone and listen to them even if they don’t attend your call. Here’s how the FaceTime bug works:
- Start a FaceTime Video call with an iPhone contact.
- Whilst the call is dialling, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap Add Person.
- Add your own phone number in the Add Person screen.
- You will then start a group FaceTime call including yourself and the audio of the person you originally called, even if they haven’t accepted the call yet.
This bug affects all iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later. Apple confirmed the bug and said that it will release a fix later this week. As the bug details went viral, Apple is now disabling Group FaceTime feature to stop people from exploiting the bug.
New York Governor Cuomo issued a consumer alert warning to residents of New York about this bug. “The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk. In New York, we take consumer rights very seriously and I am deeply concerned by this irresponsible bug that can be exploited for unscrupulous purposes,” said Governor Cuomo.