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FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop if the other party doesn’t answer

Until a fix comes out at least, the bug enables an alarming privacy issue.

FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop if the other party doesn’t answer
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God knows how, but someone in the Twitterverse discovered a way to listen through the phone of another user of Apple’s FaceTime service even if that person doesn’t answer a call.

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I tested it and it works. Here’s what happened. I had two iPhones on my desk in front of me.

  1. I picked up iPhone A and called iPhone B.
  2. I did not answer iPhone B.
  3. On iPhone A I swiped up in FaceTime, touched the “add person” number, then added iPhone A’s phone number
  4. Then I could use iPhone A to hear iPhone B’s microphone.

Weird, huh?

If you ever wanted to eavesdrop on your friends, that’s how you could do it (assuming they don’t answer). If you don’t want to be eavesdropped on by your friends, you should temporarily turn off FaceTime until Apple releases a fix–which the company told BuzzFeed News it plans to do later this week.

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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