Apple's FaceTime Glitch Breaches Privacy

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Posted: Jan 29, 2019 1:05 PM
Apple's FaceTime Glitch Breaches Privacy

Source: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

According to 9to5Mac, a discomforting glitch has been discovered in Apple's FaceTime app.

The malfunction allows you to see and hear what the person on the other end is doing before they accept or decline the call.

There are currently two revealed ways of getting audio and video. The first is more like a clever manipulation of the app's functions rather than an issue with the app itself. While the call is ringing, you must swipe up and add yourself to a group chat you're already a part of. Through this method, you obtain audio/visual access.

The second method has been revealed via Twitter from @Jessassin. He claims to obtain the same effect by joining the conversation through another device.

Apple has addressed the issue, with an unidentified Apple spokesperson saying that they are "aware of this issue and [they] have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week."

Most media outlets and electronic have recommended disabling FaceTime capabilities on your phone entirely until the software update. However, Apple said on Monday night that they had disabled Group FaceTime feature until the update has been added.

thestreet.com has speculated that this discovery could spook stockholders. Apple's shares fell .34% in late morning trading on Tuesday.