Apple to contribute to U.S. teen’s education for discovering Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

“Apple Inc on Thursday rolled out software updates to iPhones to fix a privacy issue in its FaceTime video calling service, and said it would contribute toward the education of the Arizona teenager who discovered the problem,” Reuters reports.

“The software bug, which had let users hear audio from people who had not yet answered a video call, was discovered by a Tucson, Arizona high school student Grant Thompson,” Reuters reports. “The technology giant said it would compensate the Thompson family and make an additional gift toward 14-year-old Grant’s education.”

“‘In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, 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 said in a statement,” Reuters reports. “The company said last week it was planning to improve how it handles reports of software bugs.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple did the right thing in compensating Thompson. Maybe a bit over an over compensation due to APple’s admittedly slow reaction to his report, but, whatever, Apple can certainly afford to over compensate.

Update iOS now on all of your devices to restore access to Group FaceTime and Live Photos.

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Canadian law firm applies for class action lawsuit against Apple over FaceTime eavesdropping bug – January 31, 2019
New York state begins probe into Apple’s slow response to FaceTime eavesdropping flaw – January 30, 2019
Apple sued over FaceTime bug that lets people eavesdrop – January 30, 2019
Apple was alerted about FaceTime eavesdropping bug days ago, did nothing – January 29, 2019
Apple, champion of ‘privacy,’ utterly blows it with massively stupid FaceTime bug – January 29, 2019
Apple to patch audio bug in FaceTime that allows users to hear audio and see video from users who have not yet accepted a call – January 29, 2019
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