Feb 8, 2019

Apple to pay teenager who found FaceTime bug

A US teenager who discovered a security flaw in Apple's FaceTime video-calling system has been given a bug bounty. The teenager found a bug that meant he could briefly eavesdrop on recipients to a group FaceTime call. The reward comes as one security researcher refused to tell Apple about a bug because no bounty was on offer. Information about the bug first emerged in late January and revealed that some Apple users could secretly listen to people they called via FaceTime even if the recipient did not accept the call. "My motivation is to get Apple to create a bug bounty program. I think that this is the best for both Apple and researchers," he told tech news site the Register.

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