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Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 to Fix Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

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 has issued iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 to users through their software update tools a little later than expected.

With that bug, a person could spy on you using FaceTime, even if you didn't answer the call.

"A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls". Apple has also noted that these patches also include a fix for a vulnerability that affects the Live Photos feature of FaceTime app which the company has discovered while working to tackle the Group FaceTime issue.

Apple told outlets that a fix would come later that week, but it instead arrived this week, delivering to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

Although the FaceTime bug has been addressed, its emergence is particularly embarrassing for Apple. The company had also disabled Group FaceTime to prevent anyone from misusing the flaw. Here's what's fixed and how to apply the updates.

With this fix finally released, you should immediately update your iOS.

Apple has also recognized Grant Thompson, the 14 year old teenager who originally discovered the Group FaceTime bug and tried to report the bug to Apple. If that option is grayed out, make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network and/or start charging your device.

Alternatively, if you have Automatic Updates enabled (you can find this setting in Settings General Software Update), then you can just wait for it to automatically download and install.

iOS 12.1.4, Apple’s update that fixes the FaceTime bug, is now available to download

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