Apple turn off group Facetime after security issue discovered (on data privacy day). Eeek!

A major #Apple #FaceTime group chat bug has been recently uncovered allowing iPhone and Mac laptop users to call another device via FaceTime and hear audio on the other end, before the recipient has answered the call.

The bug, reported by 9to5Mac has the ability to turn any iPhone into a hot mic without the user’s knowledge, representing a significant security concern for Apple. 9to5Mac also confirmed that it was able to replicate the bug by making a FaceTime call to a Mac. Other sources have also confirmed that this bug exists on the latest iOS beta.

In a statement on Monday afternoon an Apple spokesperson said…

“We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”

Late on Monday night, Apple’s System Status page had been updated showing group FaceTime as “Facetime – Issue”, so hopefully the problem has been resolved for now until the software update can be released.

The issue lit up, with technology author Andy Baio tweeting to warn iPhone users of the issue:

“I don’t know about you, but I’m disabling FaceTime on my Mac and iPhone until this is resolved,” he wrote.

Look out for another Apple iOS & operating system update that will no doubt be released in the coming days to resolve this issue.