Apple under investigation: FaceTime video telephony service has serious vulnerabilities


Today, information surfaced that the New York government is investigating Apple’s recent privacy breach. According to previous reports, Apple’s FaceTime video telephony service has serious vulnerabilities. After the user initiates a FaceTime group call, enter a phone number and add another phone number, FaceTime will immediately determine that the call was successful, and then the caller can overhear the other party’s conversation through the microphone before the other party answers the call. The vulnerability could even transmit video information if the other party presses the power button or volume control button.

To this end, New York Justice Minister Letitia James and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office jointly launched an investigation. The focus of the investigation was on Apple’s failure to notify consumers of the vulnerability in a timely manner and the delay in responding to this privacy-related major vulnerability. James said in a statement on Wednesday

“This time the FaceTime data breach seriously threatens the security and privacy of millions of people in New York, and they have trusted Apple and the company’s products for years”.  Como added “We need to conduct a full investigation of the facts to ensure that companies comply with the New York Consumer Protection Act and that such privacy breaches will not happen again,”

Apple has temporarily eased the problem by remotely disabling the multiplayer FaceTime on Monday. The company also said it will release software updates later this week to address vulnerabilities.

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