Apple likely to pay reward to 14-year-old boy who found Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

“Grant Thompson, the 14-year-old who found Apple’s FaceTime flaw, may get a bounty for his discovery,” Matthew J. Belvedere reports for CNBC. “‘I kind of found this one on accident, which is pretty surprising to me that like Apple didn’t get this and a 14-year-old kid found it by accident,’ Thompson told CNBC on Monday in an interview while sitting next to his mother. ‘A few of my friends know it and think it’s pretty cool.'”

“Grant’s mother, Michele Thompson, said she repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to contact Apple to report what her son found on Jan. 19 while putting together a group FaceTime with friends playing “Fortnite.” She said the attempts included emails, tweets and Facebook posts,” Belvedere reports. “‘I didn’t hear from [Apple] until after the media broke the story one week ago today,’ she said.”

“She said a high-level Apple executive flew to Tucson, Arizona, on Friday afternoon to meet with Grant. The executive, whom she declined to name, ‘thanked us in person and also asked for our feedback, asked us how they could improve their reporting process,'” Belvedere reports. “‘They also indicated that Grant would be eligible for the bug bounty program. And we would hear from their security team the following week in terms of what that meant,’ she said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Good thing, as it’s well-deserved!

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  1. Before jobs died, sophisticated hackers were the only ones who could uncover Apple’s bugs.

    In 2019, QA and QC is so pathetic and virtually non existent that a 14-year-old kid eating Cheerios at home can discover them.

    Welcome to the Tim Cook Shit Show.

    1. So, again, why don’t you go away and buy all the better products from better companies.

      Either you’re a troll – i.e. a sicko.

      Or you actually think Apple is better than Samsung, Microsoft, etc. In that case, you’re just some kind of — umm — sicko, again.

  2. Send the kid a package from Apple that includes the following:
    an iMac Pro
    a MacBook Pro
    an iPad Pro
    an Apple Watch
    an iPhone X S
    a set of EarPods
    and an Apple HomePod.
    Toss in a prepaid $5k for music and software purchases.

    Then give him the bounty for the SW bug.

    He is a kid. Encourage the behavior.

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