Apple has repeatedly stated about the safety of its gadgets and even claimed that they are almost impossible to crack with the help of special equipment. But as it turned out, it is not necessary to be a hacker to get remote access to someone else's iPhone or Mac. The privacy of the owners of "Apple" devices was threatened because of the bug of the company's proprietary application.
Methadone maintenance "spy" feature was discovered in a regular messenger for iOS FaceTime when you initiate a group call. An error in the application code allowed the caller to listen to the microphone of the interlocutor before he received the incoming call. At the same time, the called device did not display any information that the sound from the smartphone was already being broadcast.
In addition, if the called party pressed the power button of the smartphone when the screen of the latter was locked, the gadget started background video transmission on the front camera, without signaling about it. It is reported that the bug was confirmed on all devices running iOS 12.1 and above, as well as when calling from iPhone to Mac and Vice versa.
Apple has already recognized the presence of a "hole" in the application and promised to fix the problem this week with a patch. Currently, the work of the messenger group call server is suspended, and all users of the current iOS versions are recommended to disable the FaceTime function in the settings of their devices.