Lookout iPhone Lovers – FaceTime Has a Bug
And it Lets You Listen In on the Receipt – Before They Ever Answer Your Call
By: Cristal M Clark
A bug has been discovered with FaceTime which of course as luck would have it, is currently spreading virally over social media. The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone…before the recipient on the other end has actually accepted or rejected the incoming call.
Well that’s comforting news.
Of course this raises all sorts of privacy concerns, I mean I personally do not want someone attempting to FaceTime me whilst I am driving, I get a sudden onset case of turrets that no one wants to be subject to having to listen to, trust me on this.
But just in case you thought that was the end of it, here I am to tell you, it’s not.
This nasty little bug can also oh, how shall I put this, expose video as well.
It affects iOS devices running iOS 12.1 or later.
Here’s how it works according to the experts:
Here’s how to do the iPhone FaceTime bug:
Start a FaceTime Video call with an iPhone contact.
While the call is dialling, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap Add Person.
Add your own phone number in the Add Person screen.
You will then start a group FaceTime call including yourself and the audio of the person you originally called, even if they haven’t accepted the call yet.
It will look like in the UI like the other person has joined the group chat, but on their actual device, and this is just great, it will still be ringing on the lockscreen.
So this has that creep factor aura like when everyone was dropping dick pics on unsuspecting iPhone users, all over the damn place.
Even better news, it’s not clear how to defend yourself against this attack either unless you were to disable FaceTime until Apple decides to get this issue fixed.
So, if your phone is ringing with an incoming FaceTime request, the person on the other end could might just be listening in.
Should someone press the Power button from the lock screen, their video is also sent to the caller, unbeknownst to them of course.
9To5Mac has been able to replicate these issues so this is confirmed.
Apple says they plan to get a fix rolled out later in the week, so until then, happy FaceTiming everyone.
Cristal M Clark