What is to blame – Apples group FaceTime call is the weakest link in the chain this time.
Tech giant Apple is known for its very tight security on its products, which makes it one of the best in terms of securing its products and offering its users a peace of mind away from hackers looking to jailbreak, crack or gain access to data.
Its mobile flagship video calling feature, FaceTime, was re introduced as Group FaceTime was a welcome addition to array of tech released with the latest IPhones in the fourth Quarter of last year just in time for christmas.
Still dealing with the fluctuating sales of the new range of IPhones around the world; the last thing Apple needs is the dreaded word ‘Bug’ being discovered on its devices and the latest being the FaceTime Bug.
The FaceTime bug allows you to access the microphone of a call recipient without them answering the call. imagine the scar. This is something straight out of a spy movie I am tempted to acknowledge with delight.
This was uncovered a few days ago and Apple was forced to temporarily disable the group call feature until new updates to fix the bug was released.
Apple quickly went into damage control mode by first disabling the group FaceTime feature then proceeded to put out a statement, advising it was working on fixing the bug.
But Social media was on full blast with users showing off how the bug works whilst others complained about the breach of privacy.
If you recall back in 2016 when Apple promised to launch a reward bounty program for white hat hackers who report bugs that affects apple products with IPhones being the main focus. Apparently this program is yet to sit well with hackers and heavy hitters in the world of bug hunting as many have expressed their dismay on several blog posts, stressing that maybe just maybe if this was up and running Apple might have nipped it in the bud before it became public knowledge, we would never know.
Hitvibz tech wiz reached out to Apple support via twitter to find out if the bug had been fixed and what was the cause of this flop in the first place. This was there response to us.
“Hey there! Thanks for reaching out to us with your concern. We’ve heard reports of the issue you’re describing, and it’s currently under review. In the meantime, Group FaceTime has been disabled and you can see that on our System Status page here: apple.co/1jrhIuA
We don’t have a solution at this time, but recommend that you keep your software up-to-date.”
In hindsight, this is probably not the worse bug discovered on an apple device or any other mobile device since the inception of the smartphone. That being said let’s hope Apple nip this in bud as soon as possible before intrigued individuals capitalises on this bug and expand on its prospective usage.
Well guys, you know what to do for the time to protect your privacy.