Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple apologises for FaceTime security flaw

Apple apologises for FaceTime security flaw

The FaceTime bug in question allows users to hear through the receiver's phone without them actually accepting the call. Apple previously said that a software update fixing the issue will be released this week, but has now delayed to the coming week.

In an era when technology companies are coming under increasing scrutiny for privacy violations, NY officials seized on Apple's disclosure and said they will investigate the company's failure to warn consumers about the bug and its slow response.

Apple has credited the family of a 14-year-old for reporting the bug.

Williams also said in his lawsuit that iOS 12.1, the latest iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, was defective and unreasonably unsafe, and is seeking damages and compensation.

Group FaceTime, which arrived with iOS 12.1 at the end of October, allows up to 32 people to be on the same call.

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Apple's apology also comes too late for a Texas lawyer who last week sued Apple for the FaceTime bug.

The Verge, 9to5Mac and MacRumours were able to replicate the bug.

'We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue.

The company had promised that a software update would be delivered later this week, but the interim solution was to simply disable the group FaceTime feature server-side. The company's product security team then asked Thompson to send a formal report of the bug, but it wasn't until sites picked the news up, which went viral, that the Tim Cook-led brand made a decision to publicly confirm the problem. "We appreciate everyone's patience as we complete this process", Apple said in a statement on Friday. Apple is already facing multiple lawsuits over the incident. To do this, you had to add your phone number again quickly through the Group calling feature, while the call went out. Michele Thompson's teenaged son had discovered the vulnerability while playing Fortnite, CNET reported, and she spent a week trying, through a variety of means, to get the company to pay attention.

She got a response through email about what steps she should take, but received no indication from Apple that her concerns were being looked at.

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