Apple releases fix for disastrous group FaceTime bug
Apple has finally released an update for iOS that fixes a serious bug in group FaceTime which allowed callers to spy on those they were calling — even if the intended recipient never answered. The update, iOS 12.1.4, was made available for download on Feb. 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. Better late than never.
According to Apple the update is for all iPhones newer than the 5s, the iPad Air and later iPads, as well as the iPod touch 6th generation. It mitigates what the company describes as a "logic issue [that] existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls."
That so-called logic issue, discovered by a teenager in mid-January, burst into the public eye on Jan. 28 and forced Apple to disable the group FaceTime service altogether. News of the vulnerability was met with shock by the security community, which correctly pointed out how big out a deal this really was.
With this fix finally released, you should immediately update your iOS. And, having done so, go back to listening to Apple brag about how what happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.