Yesterday, a FaceTime bug that would let users eavesdrop on call recipients went viral for all the wrong reasons and since then the company has disabled the feature for the time being. What people don't know is how the bug was discovered in the first place.January 28, 2019
A teenager discovered the bug when he was trying to organise his friends to play the popular battle royale game 'Fortnite'. Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old high school student managed to discover the bug accidentally and has now become the hot topic of discussion. After already being in a call with his friend, Thompson tried to add another friend to the same call and discovered that he could hear his friend even though the phone call was unanswered.
“We were pretty shocked at first because it was still ringing on his phone,” he told NBC News on Tuesday. “After that, we tested it for about half an hour to see if it worked every time.”
My teen found a major security flaw in Apple's new iOS. He can listen in to your iPhone/iPad without your approval. I have video. Submitted bug report to @AppleSupport...waiting to hear back to provide details. Scary stuff! #apple #bugreport @foxnews— MGT7 (@MGT7500) January 21, 2019
Since the discovery, the teenager and his mother tried to alert Apple of the problem but did not get noticed by the company. The mother even tried to use a law firm's letterhead in a letter to get Apple's attention. When those efforts were met with no response, they then turned to the Apple bounty program where users are paid to find bugs in iOS. However, that didn't work out either as it required them to be registered as a developer and have the technical knowledge to file the bug report. Finally, they made a YouTube video which was later picked up by media outlets and went viral.
Source: NBC News