Apple FaceTime glitch lets you silently snoop on others

James Marshall
January 29, 2019

Videos showing the exploit in action are making their rounds on Twitter and Reddit, where iPhone owners explain that they can listen into the recipient's phone audio - before they answer - by adding themselves to the FaceTime call.

As reported by 9to5Mac, the FaceTime bug can be activated when a caller adds his or her own phone number through the Add Person feature during FaceTime Video call. The bug presents a significant privacy issue, one call recipients may be unaware of as they contemplate whether or not to answer. Instructions on disabling FaceTime in the meantime are here. The bug allows iPhone and iPad users to eavesdrop on someone they call using FaceTime, 9to5Mac reports.

Right now FaceTime is a great way to keep up with what friends and family are doing - without them knowing.

In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for Apple said, "We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week".

That's completely insane. A bug this big needs to be fixed immediately. When testing it against an Apple Watch, though, we were not able to get the audio portion of the bug to work. The issue was recently discovered and while it definitely poses a major privacy problem, Apple won't be able to fix it until later this week.

Apple Inc. customers discovered a software bug on Monday that lets people listen in on other users by way of the company's FaceTime video chat service.

In order to deactivate FaceTime on your iOS device, navigate to "Settings, ' then tap on 'FaceTime" and select 'Off'. You'll have to repeat this step on all your Macs, too.

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