FaceTime bug could open doorway for eavesdropping

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A FaceTime bug could let someone eavesdrop on you or even look at what you're doing in your home.

A user could even see through the front-facing camera of the person they're calling.

News 12 spoke with multiple people who called the bug an invasion of privacy.

"You never know what's going to get out there," says Matthew Doyle, of Bayville.

The bug works on iPhones, iPads and iMac running the Mojave operating system, which have recently added the group FaceTime feature. It's been seen as an embarrassment for a company that is trying to distinguish itself by stressing its commitment to users' privacy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an alert about the bug, saying in part: "The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk...In New York, we take consumer rights very seriously and I am deeply concerned by this irresponsible bug that can be exploited for unscrupulous purposes."

Apple has now taken the feature offline, saying, "We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week."

Until then, Apple says the safest bet is to disable FaceTime. To do that, go into settings, select FaceTime and toggle off the green slider.

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