The bug allows iPhone and iPad users to eavesdrop on someone they call using FaceTime, 9to5Mac reports. While the phone is still ringing, you'll be able to hear audio from the recipient's phone, even though they haven't accepted the call.
As a result of the bug, it's actually possible to listen to an ongoing FaceTime conversation without the person on the other end knowing you can hear them.
The site also found that video calls to Mac were affected by the same bug, and that in certain circumstances an attacker could also get access to a target iPhone's camera feed before it had picked up. Apple should shut down FaceTime for everyone if that's what it takes. The bug, confirmed by Bloomberg News, happens when a user creates a FaceTime conference call, puts in their phone number, and then adds the number of another person.
It appears that Apple inadvertently introduced a FaceTime bug with the release of iOS 12.1 late past year.
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Apple reckons it'll push out a software fix for this privacy gaffe later this week.
This starts a Group FaceTime call.
The bug is believed to affect any pair of iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later. And that could be a very, very, very disastrous bug (via 9to5Mac). You can disable FaceTime on your iPhone by heading to Settings and toggle the FaceTime icon to gray. At this point in time, disabling FaceTime or immediately dismissing FaceTime calls appear to be the only protection against snooping.
Apple added multi-person FaceTime calling at the end of past year via a software update that was, in part, created to address previous software bugs.