Remember that bug that made it possible to eavesdrop on someone via FaceTime? If you don’t, here is a link to that article. Well, Apple has released a fix for that bug, meaning you can continue using the app as much as you want without fear of getting ‘eavesdropped on.’
However, the real hero remains 14-year-old Grant Thompson, who pointed out this zero-day vulnerability. Something that experienced and seasoned engineers over at the Cupertino company failed to see. There is also another hero to this story, the mother to the kid who after being alerted used every thinkable means to reach Apple and flag the flaw in FaceTime.
As you can imagine, it is not easy to reach the ears of the right people in Apple who can investigate the matter and kickstart a solution for it.
Apple is now showing gratitude to the 14-year-old by paying him undisclosed compensation and investing in his education. A spokesperson from Apple told Reuters, the company also “conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service,” and discovered the issue is with iOS 12.1.4 release. They also discovered that …read more