Group FaceTime flaw that lets callers snoop will be fixed this week, Apple says

Apple is working to correct a bug in its FaceTime app that could allow callers to remotely tap into another user's microphone even if that user hasn't picked up the call, CNBC reports.

The flaw only affects Group FaceTime calls, a feature that launched last year. With the bug, a caller who initiates a group FaceTime call could remotely eavesdrop on the audio or video of another iPhone user before that user accepts the call.

"We're aware of this issue, and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week," a company spokesperson told CNBC. Apple also deactivated Group FaceTIme until it addresses the bug.

For now, CNBC recommends iPhone users turn off FaceTime by going into their iPhone's settings, selecting 'FaceTime' and toggling the app off.

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