On January 28, 2019, 9to5Mac announced that it had discovered a bug in the Apple iPhone’s Group FaceTime feature that allows an iPhone user to call another, and listen in on their microphone (and possibly see through their forward-facing camera), even if the other user did not pick up the call.

According to CNN:

A newly discovered bug in Apple’s FaceTime software lets Apple users listen in on the people they are calling, and even see through their front-facing camera, without them picking-up the call.

The bug affects iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple computers running macOS Mojave, reports CNN.

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How the Facetime Eavesdropping Bug Works and How to Turn It Off

Here’s how the bug works, according to CNN’s reporting: You can the Facetime user you want to eavesdrop on. While the call is pending, you swipe up to add another user to the call and add yourself to the call again. You will then be able to hear live audio from the dialed user’s phone, even if they don’t pick up. Their iPhone screen will give no indication that they are being eavesdropped on.

CNN reports that the following actions will turn off the feature that allows users to hack each other’s Facetimes:

For iPads and iPhones:

1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad

2. Scroll down and select FaceTime

3. Toggle off the green button at the top of the screen.

To turn it off on a Mac, follow these steps:

1. Open the FaceTime app

2. Go to FaceTime on top of the screen

3. Select “Turn FaceTime Off.”

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