Apple has a MAJOR problem.
A newly-discovered FaceTime bug allows for users to listen in on the people they’re calling — and in some instances see via their front-facing camera — even if the person doesn’t answer the call.
Void Culture has been able to replicate the issue and can confirm that the bug is indeed real.
Apple has identified a fix for the problem and is set to release it via a software update coming later this week, according to a company statement.
The bug works on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave, which have the recently added Group FaceTime feature.
If you’re wondering how it works — if you call someone via FaceTime, you can swipe up to add another person to the call. If you add your own phone number to the call, then you’re able to hear the live audio (and sometimes video) from the other person’s phone regardless of if they answer or not. The person on the other end has no clue their private audio is being transmitted.
To avoid falling victim to the bug, disable FaceTime on all your devices until Apple’s software updates have been released.
On an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings -> FaceTime, and toggle off the green button at the top of the screen.
To turn it off on a Mac, open the FaceTime app and go to FaceTime on top of the screen, then select “Turn FaceTime Off.”