In the popular FaceTime app, by which owners of iPhones can communicate with each other, were found dangerous vulnerability. As it turned out, the user can listen to his interlocutor before he agreed to take the call.
Bug instead of the phone
FaceTime video chat was discovered a vulnerability that allows eavesdropping of the interlocutor before he takes the call. This bug applies to all owners of iPhone, iPad, or Mac, if the devices have the application installed, according to the portal 9to5Mac.
Check the wiretapping as follows — the user starts a video call using FaceTime, swipe area at the bottom of the screen and select “add person”. After that, it writes its own number, which the app starts a group call. From this moment, the user hears everything that is happening near the phone, his interlocutor, even if he hasn’t received a call.
The person on the other side of the wire does not even know that his bugged — no indicator on the screen does not appear.
Now you can answer for yourself on FaceTime even if they don’t answer🤒#Apple explain this.. pic.twitter.com/gr8llRKZxJ— Benji Mobb™ (@BmManski) 28 Jan 2019.
The danger of this vulnerability is obvious — the attacker can start tapping your smartphone literally at any moment. To protect themselves from possible threats is impossible until then, until Apple introduce an update that fixes the bug.
Meanwhile, Apple has already released an official statement in which he acknowledged the problem and promised to release a patch in the very near future.
“We know about this vulnerability and released a patch, which will be available along with a system upgrade before the end of this week,” said a company representative.
Many users of Apple gadgets, including the head of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, advised others to completely disable FaceTime in settings of the system until the vulnerability is resolved.
Interestingly, the news about the bug entered in the data protection day is an international holiday, established in 2007 specifically to network users as a reminder about the rules of online behavior to protect their personal information online.
Apple CEO Tim cook congratulated his followers on Twitter with this holiday on the eve of the news about FaceTime.
“We have to fight for that world in which we want to live. On the international day of protection of personal data, we must insist on appropriate measures and reforms in the sphere of protection of privacy. The danger is real and the consequences too important,” said cook.
Now the words of the head of the company is perceived as a bad joke.
Is this a #DataPrivacyDay prank? 😉 https://t.co/XNpHEafPoW— Lanae BK (@lanae_BK) 29 Jan 2019
It is reported that the problem with unauthorized wiretapping, most likely, lies in the function group calls to FaceTime. She was launched in November 2018. At the time of publication of the material group calls in the application unavailable for users around the world to avoid abuse of this vulnerability.
Last week, the media reported another vulnerability, this time in devices of the brand Nest (owned by Apple). Hacked “smart” cameras suddenly several California families began to broadcast information about an imminent missile strike by North Korea.
“The North Korean ballistic missiles heading to Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio,” warned the device, continuing again and again to repeat the message.
“It [the camera] has warned that the US and North Korea started a war, and people in hazardous areas, are given three hours to evacuate. The message sounded genuine, it sounded loud, and we immediately drew attention to it. It was five minutes of pure horror. Another half-hour it took us to figure out what’s going on,” — said the owner of the camera Nest.
As it turned out later, the war with the DPRK began, and the gadget has been compromised by some hackers who figured out the password to the device, forcing it to broadcast a pre-written text.
Such attacks are no longer a rarity in the modern world, as more and more families buying one or more devices having Internet connection. A study of 2018 showed that a third of all American families have “smart” gadgets.
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