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08 Feb 2019

Apple investing in education of teenager who found FaceTime bug

Apple rewarding teenager who discovered FaceTime bug

Apple has released a fix for the FaceTime bug that allowed any iPhone/iPad user to spy on others.

The patch is being rolled out with iOS 12.1.4, but in addition to it, the company has acknowledged the contribution of the Arizona-based teenager who first discovered the problem.

The Cupertino giant, according to reports, has promised investment in his education as a reward.

Here's more.

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Apple rewarding teenager who discovered FaceTime bug
FaceTime bug was detected way before it went viral

Issue

FaceTime bug was detected way before it went viral

Last week, Apple faced backlash for a bug in FaceTime, its video-calling service.

The platform allowed any iPhone/iPad user to hear/see the person they are Facetiming with - even if they haven't answered.

This raised major security concerns, which grew even louder when it was revealed that Grant Thompson, a high school student, had found the bug days before it went viral.

How Thompson found this bug?

Grant found the bug while contacting his friends about popular battle royale game Fortnite on a group FaceTime call. Specifically, he noted that adding more people into a call effectively gave him access to the first person's microphone - even if they haven't answered.

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Thompson's family tried contacting Apple

After 14-year-old Thompson discovered the bug, his mother, Michele G Thompson, tried contacting Apple in every way possible to flag the issue and get it fixed as soon as possible.

She claimed she had sent emails, messages, tweets, and had even filed a bug report before the news went public and Apple suspended Group FaceTime temporarily.

Now, Apple has acknowledged Thompson's efforts

Acknowledgement

Now, Apple has acknowledged Thompson's efforts

After delaying the fix for a bit, Apple released iOS 12.1.4, patching the issue and crediting Thompson for their effort.

More importantly, the company rewarded Thompson with an undisclosed compensation and a contribution towards his education.

"Our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security," Apple told Reuters.

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How to download iOS 12.1.4?

Is FaceTime reusable now?

Are there any other bugs like this on iOS 12?

When will Apple fix connectivity issues on iOS?

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How to download iOS 12.1.4?

Asked on 08-02-2019 by Sai Chopra

Answered by NewsBytes

You can download iOS 12.1.4 by heading to Setting > General and tapping on Software update.

Is FaceTime reusable now?

Asked on 08-02-2019 by Amit Khan

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, the issue has been patched and you can now use FaceTime as normal.

Are there any other bugs like this on iOS 12?

Asked on 08-02-2019 by Reyansh Jaiteley

Answered by NewsBytes

So far, it is the only iOS 12 bug that threatens the privacy of users.

When will Apple fix connectivity issues on iOS?

Asked on 08-02-2019 by Devansh Jhadav

Answered by NewsBytes

Connectivity issues have been reported since the release of iOS 12.1, but as of now, the company has not said when they might be fixed.

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