Apple releases fix for disastrous group FaceTime bug

Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone or iPad into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. The update, iOS 12.1.4, was made available for download on February 7 and follows shortly on the heels of two Congressional lawmakers publicly demanding answers from Apple CEO Tim Cook about the major privacy screw up.

Apple has rewarded the 14-year-old kid who discovered Apple's FaceTime bug, letting people eavesdrop on other users in Group FaceTime calls. In fact, Apple has acknowledged that it's paying Grant for discovering the bug, which he did about two weeks ago while playing Fortnite and trying to get a group FaceTime chat with friends set up.

Apple has not revealed the exact amount it is giving 14-year-old Grant Thompson but it is believed to include money to help pay for his education.

Along with correcting the original error, Apple says they have also improved the overall security of FaceTime. They only needed to call you using FaceTime, then add themselves to the call to make it a Group FaceTime call, and they could then hear your audio, even if you didn't answer. Apple also gives credit to someone else, besides Grant, for helping bring it to the company's attention in advance of the widespread media coverage the bug generated.

Apple has released an iOS and macOS update, which fixes the FaceTime privacy bug that was highlighted last week. According to Thompson's family, the bug was submitted approximately one week before it was disclosed publicly, but Apple ignored the report.

The operating system updates that address this flaw-and others-are available now. Apple has not stated if they are planning on doing so.

The US technology firm has just released a major security update for its mobile devices which fixes a serious flaw with the popular FaceTime app. You can find instructions for updating your macOS or iOS device on Apple's support website.

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