On Monday, Apple disabled Group FaceTime after reports surfaced that the feature could be abused to eavesdrop on iPhone users.
According to Apple they’re aware of the issue and have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week. The decision fix this issues comes after an proof-of-concept demonstration video went viral on social media and Reddit on Monday. The video involves a caller contacting someone via FaceTime, and while the call is dialing, swiping up to “Add Person” to the call, and then entering the caller’s phone number.
The matter of contention is that, 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. In other instances, if you press the power button on the lock screen, that will allow a caller to see a recipient’s video feed as well as hear audio.The recipient, however, will be unaware, only seeing the ability to either accept or decline the incoming voice or video call.
This can be a serious problem in boardrooms, private offices, financial institutions and our bedrooms it is possible to gain access to this private information
NSA Warning: ‘Turn Off FaceTime’
News of this incident led social media moguls and offensive hacking experts alike to urge iPhone users to take action.
iPhone users should turn off FaceTime until Apple issues a patch for iOS and you install it. In addition, individuals who deal with sensitive financial data, government secrets, healthcare data or intellectual property, as well as top corporate executives and board members, should take head and immediately disable FaceTime on all of their devices until am updater as been released.