Technology giant Apple once again has come under fire from the techÂ community for a bug in their iPhoneâ€™s FaceTime app. The bug reportedlyÂ allows users to listen to the other userâ€™s conversation in groupÂ function, even if they donâ€™t answer the call. The worst part is, theÂ bug also turns on the camera of the phone if the other user called usesÂ power button to turn off the screen.
The bug was discovered by an Arizona-based teenager, whose motherÂ informed the company about the issue. However, Apple took almost a weekÂ to disable group calling function in FaceTime.
How dangerous the bug is? The bug hasnâ€™t had any significant impactÂ in India, as the number of FaceTime users is negligible. However, forÂ the US and some European countries, it has been an absolute nightmare.
While Apple has issued an official statement saying that it would roll out an update to fix the glitch, the entire episode has put a questionÂ mark over the data security in Apple devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook in October last year had said that privacy of usersâ€™Â data was the prime responsibility of his company. He had also called for newÂ digital security laws in the US for the purpose. But now, his company itself has caused a major breach in privacy of its consumers. MoreÂ shocking for the tech community has been the slow response from theÂ company to an issue that was extremely serious.
President of Sudo Security Group and iOS security researcher WillÂ Strafach has called it an unfortunate event caused due to badÂ programming logic coded into the process for group FaceTime handling. HeÂ however, could not provide the exact cause behind the â€˜snooping bugâ€™.
Apple Inc. that became wordâ€™s first company to reach trillion dollarsÂ mark last year, has seen a drastic fall in its shares prices sinceÂ the launch of its flagship phones iPhone Xs and Xs Max owing much to theÂ plateau in the smart phone market. The recent bug is only going toÂ increase the problems for Apple.