Apple Hit With Lawsuit Over FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

Apple is already facing its first lawsuit over the FaceTime eavesdropping bug that was discovered just last night, reports Bloomberg.

Houston lawyer Larry Williams II today filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that his iPhone allowed an unknown person to listen in on sworn testimony during a client deposition.


He is suing Apple for unspecified punitive damages for negligence, product liability, misrepresentation, and warranty breach. The bug, says Williams, violates the privacy of a person's "most intimate conversations without consent."

The FaceTime bug in question was widely publicized yesterday after making the rounds on social media. By exploiting a bug in Group ‌FaceTime‌, a person could force a FaceTime connection with another person, providing access to a user's audio and sometimes video even when the ‌FaceTime‌ call was not accepted.

There was no way to avoid malicious ‌FaceTime‌ calls forced to connect in this manner short of turning off ‌FaceTime‌, but after the issue received attention, Apple disabled Group ‌FaceTime‌ server side, and the feature remains unavailable. With Group ‌FaceTime‌ turned off, the exploit is not available and no one is in danger of being spied on via their Apple devices through the ‌FaceTime‌ bug.

Apple is planning to implement a fix via a software update later this week, but the company has not commented on how long this bug was available before it was widely shared. Group ‌FaceTime‌ has been available since iOS 12.1 was released in October.

A woman whose teenage son initially discovered the bug says that she contacted Apple multiple times starting on January 20, and even sent a video demonstrating the issue, but she received no response from the company.

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Top Rated Comments

Bornee35 Avatar
70 months ago
So he's admitting to having a prohibited item in the courtroom.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MagMan1979 Avatar
70 months ago
Well that didn’t take long for the shysters to come out from under their rock!
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Haust Avatar
70 months ago
So he's admitting to having a prohibited item in the courtroom.
Taking a deposition doesn’t mean he was in court. He could have been in his own office while the person was being deposed. The angle for Apple to take would be to try and prove that he staged the deposition after learning about the bug in order to file a lawsuit. Apple’s failure to deal with this sooner will cost them and ultimately this will be good for the consumer.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Oridus Avatar
70 months ago
So he's admitting to having a prohibited item in the courtroom.
It was a deposition his client was at, most likely not in a court room. Sworn depositions generally happen in an office or conference room, usually at a law firm if I'm not mistaken.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1050792 Avatar
70 months ago
Are you saying Android is more polished than iOS or do you consider Android to be in the same boat? Because those are really your two choices for top $ phones.
Nope. He is saying iOS is too unpolished for the premium price you pay, he didn't even mention Android. Your argument is like saying "I am a thief but he is a thief too!".
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DrJohnnyN Avatar
70 months ago
We all knew this was coming.
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