The New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Cuomo are now launching an investigation over the newly discovered FaceTime eavesdropping bug on iOS devices which allows a person to FaceTime another person and hear conversations and even see videos when the call was not answered.
According to Bloomberg, the New York officials will mainly be focused on Apple’s failure to warn consumers about the bug and it’s slow response.
This FaceTime eavesdropping bug was widely publicized on Monday, and many hours after information on how to execute this new exploit spread all around. Apple then disabled the Group FaceTime Servers soon afterwards.
“This FaceTime breach is a serious threat to the security and privacy of the millions of New Yorkers who have put their trust in Apple and it’s products all throughout the years”, James had said in a statement to the press on Wednesday”.
“We really need a full accounting of the facts to confirm businesses are abiding by New York consumer protection laws and to help also make sure that this kind of privacy breach doesn’t ever happen again”, Cuomo noted in his statement.
Apple will be planning to release a new software fix which will solve the bug and will also allow the company to bring the Group FaceTime back online. This update is being expected to be released this current week.
In the mean time, this glitch was not widely known until Monday afternoon, while Apple was informed about the bug more than a week prior to this. The person who contacted Apple said that Apple did not respond to multiple attempts to notify the company of the problem.
It’s also not entirely clear if Apple knew about the bug and was working on a fix internally at the same time that it had become widespread, but if so, Apple had certainly left it functional and did not move to disable Group FaceTime until forced to do so unfortunately. For this exact reason, it’s not currently known for how long the bug has been present in iOS and how long people have been quietly exploiting it.
On top of all this, in addition to the inquiry from New York officials, Apple may also be facing a lawsuit over this problem. It was yesterday that the FaceTime bug had allowed an unknown person to listen in on sworn testimony during a client deposition.