Apple gets sued over FaceTime critical flaw
Attorney Larry Williams II from Houston, Texas recently sued Apple Inc. invoking unspecified punitive damages on claims of negligence, product liability, misrepresentation and warranty breach brought upon by a security flaw that allows people to eavesdrop on private conversation via the FaceTime app from Apple’s latest iOS 12.1 operating system. The effects of the security flaw were discovered last week, and it looks like Apple managed to provide a temporary fix this Monday by disabling the multi-person feature in FaceTime. A proper fix is expected later this week.
According to Bloomberg, the critical flaw allows users to make a FaceTiem call and automatically begin hearing the other person before they even accept the call. Attorney Larry Williams II claims that key persons were able to eavesdrop on his sworn testimony given during a client deposition using this critical flaw. Bloomberg further explains that the bug is only triggered in conference call mode and it can also send video feeds if the unaware person on the other end clicks the power button or the volume controls.
Apparently, Apple’s attorneys did not immediately respond to the legal actions initiated by Larry Williams II, and the complaints are currently being considered and analyzed.