Fixes Group FaceTime privacy bug

Apple Has Finally Released A FaceTime Fix That You Need To Download Right Now

Apple Has Released an Update to Fix FaceTime Eavesdropping

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 released security updates for iOS and macOS that fix a severe bug in FaceTime that allowed callers to listen in, and potentially view, the people they were calling without the call being answered.

Apple Insider reports that has confirmed it will reward the teen for uncovering the exploit, providing the family with compensation for finding the bug as well as helping towards the teenager's future education costs.

"While these are wonderful tools when used right, the serious privacy issue with Group FaceTime demonstrates how these devices can also become the ultimate spying machines", Pallone and Schakowsky said.

Apple's bug bounty policy has led one security researcher to withhold details on a password-stealing vulnerability in the MacOS operating system.

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However, Apple has now restored the Group FaceTime server for all users who are on iOS 12.1.4. It's now available to all iPhone and iPad users worldwide including Malaysia.

This happened for as long as the call was ringing, and ended when the call was rejected or timed out. Apple's release notes also acknowledge an included security fix involving Live Photos and FaceTime that solves a bug the company found when performing "a thorough security audit" of FaceTime.

The iOS 12.1.4 update is compatible with all the iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12.

The update is about 335MB is size and you'll have to connect to a WiFi connection to download.

To update your Mac, open System Preferences (Apple Logo System Preferences), click Software Update and click Update Now. Also, it is recommended to back up your data, and ensuring your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process.

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