Apple disables group FaceTime to fix security bug

Nozair Hanif Mirza 03:43 PM | 29 Jan, 2019
Apple disables group FaceTime to fix security bug
CUPERTINO — Tech giant Apple has disabled the group FaceTime feature for iOS and macOS to fix the major security flaw in the video-chat application.

The bug which, has allowed anyone to call a phone or Mac and listen in before the other person picks up.

The California-based company has now disabled the Group FaceTime feature on the server side, and reports suggest this has fixed the security flaw for most people and some users are still facing the flaw.

Apple's group FaceTime, which was originally introduced on October 30th with iOS 12.1, is temporarily made unavailable due to an ongoing issue, according to Apple's system status webpage.

Moreover, Apple is also planning to fix the bug with a software update later this week.

How to disable on iOS

Open Settings — Click  FaceTime and then uncheck the  Facetime.

On the Mac

you can disable FaceTime by opening the application, then Preferences, then unchecking Enable this account.

The Bug

When a phone number is dialed on FaceTime the caller can swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap an option to add a person and if the caller then enters their own number as that of the added caller, a group call begins even though the person being called hasn't even answered.

The caller can then eavesdrop on the person being called, and in some demonstrations even watch them through the camera application. Declining a call breaks the connection.

The bug, initially outlined by Apple product and review website 9to5Mac, was reported by several media outlets.

Nozair Hanif Mirza
Nozair Hanif Mirza

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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