Tech Giant, Apple fixes its FaceTime bug. A Software Update is said to be on it’s Way Soon to all Users.
Apple has closed the Group FaceTime security bug that put all users at risk of eavesdropping.
The Tech Giant said in a statement on Friday that it has fixed the vulnerability on their servers and that they will issue a software update to re-enable Group FaceTime this coming week.
The said bug had meant that any of the Apple device — including iPads, iPhones and all Macs — could intentionally be switched into a listening device. It was in how you entered someone’s number that you were looping into the video chat. The group FaceTime, which was launched and arrived with iOS 12.1 at the end of October, always allows up to 32 people to be on the same call.
The company also apologized to users who were affected by the bug.
“We take the security of our products extremely very seriously and we are always committed to continuing to earn the trust our customers place in us,” the company said in a recent statement.
The said bug was another black eye for a company that has much pride on its efforts to protect its numerous users’ information. The CEO Tim Cook, has always advocated for more privacy regulation and do takes subtle shots at all the companies that use Apple’s data to create personalized ads.
It did not help matters that Apple missed a big opportunity to fix the issue more promptly.
Apple said on Friday it had fixed a security flaw in iPhones that allowed people to eavesdrop on other users through a FaceTime glitch. The fix will be released next week via a software update, the company said. https://t.co/j07RnNNOkR
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 1, 2019
In Apple’s statement, they thanked a particular family for reporting the bug in the name of Michele Thompson . A teenager son who had discovered the vulnerability while playing Fortnite, and she spent a weeks always trying, through a variety of means, to get the company (Apple) to pay attention.
Like i have explained, the bug allowed FaceTime users to be able to call another device and hear audio on the other end before the recipient even answered the call. That is just it! It will turn the device into a hot mic without the user’s being aware.
Apple revealed it’s working on improving the process for receiving and escalating all tips.
Read their full statement below:
We have just fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on all our servers and will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users upcoming week. We use this medium to thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our lovely customers who were affected by this issue and all who were concerned about the security issue of our company. We appreciate everyone for their patience as we complete the process.
— CNN Business (@CNNBusiness) February 4, 2019
We want to assure all our customers that as soon as our team became aware of the details that is necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled the Group FaceTime and began to work on how to fix it. We are always committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these very reports, in order to get all this to the right people as fast as we can. We take the security of our products extremely very seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust our customers place in us.
All Apple’s lover in the country should be ready for an update this week according to their statement.