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A ‘black eye’ for Apple: Facetime bug shakes faith in iPhone security ND
Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian, Wednesday 30th January 2019

It was a “nightmare scenario” for Apple this week as news emerged on Monday that a bug transmitted audio and video to a caller despite the recipient not having accepted the call. It was triggered when the initial caller added a third person to a FaceTime call. Apple, yet to issue a software patch, has disabled group chatting on FaceTime, preventing users from further exploiting the bug. A major issue for Apple has been its response to community expectations surrounding the action it should take – the Arizona attorney who found the bug began posting about it on Facebook and Twitter eight days before Apple took action.Katie Moussouris, the founder of Microsoft’s bug bounty program and CEO of Luta Security, said that the problem for Apple was not that it failed to act quickly enough to patch the bug, but that it failed to manage Thompson’s expectations of how quickly a bug can be patched. “It’s best not to rush,” Moussouris said. “You have to do in-depth investigations or else you can have unintended consequences. You don’t want people issuing patches that no one trusts or that break other things.” Marcus Carey, a cybersecurity expert, said that the case was a “black eye” for a company which has a strong reputation in security and privacy. “They’re going to have to be fully transparent on how this bug happened, and when it was introduced,” Carey said. “They need to release information about whether they can track to see if it was exploited, and they should notify customers.”

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