This Scary iPhone Glitch Allows People to Spy On You, Here's How to Disable It

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January 29, 2019Jan 29, 2019

Ever felt like people see and hear you through your iPhone? That's closer to the truth than you might like to believe.

On Monday night, the news broke that there's a glitch in an iPhone. According to the New York Times, 9to5Mac reported a strange glitch in the company’s iPhones.

The glitch is a scary one: it turns out that an iPhone user can call another iPhone user and listen in on that person’s conversations through the device’s microphone — even if the recipient does not answer the call.

The problem was the result of a bug and involves Apple’s FaceTime app for placing video and audio calls over an internet connection. The bug could also give a caller access the recipient's front facing camera.

On Monday night, Apple said it had disabled Group FaceTime, the feature that was causing the glitch. It's a sad one for a company that says they want to protect privacy.

“We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week,” Apple said in a statement.

The New York Times said they replicated the bug using 2 iPhones.

"I began by placing a FaceTime call to the other iPhone, and while the call was ringing, I swiped up on the screen, hit add person and added myself to the conversation. From there, I was able to listen in on the recipient’s microphone, even if the person did not pick up."

He added, "If the recipient hit the volume-down or volume-up buttons during this process, the caller could also see a live video feed of the recipient’s front-facing iPhone camera."

Until Apple confirms they've completely fixed the glitch, iPhone users should go into the phone’s settings and disable FaceTime. Start by opening the Settings app, then tap FaceTime and toggle off FaceTime.

Do you use an iPhone? Are you worried about this glitch?

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