According to AppleInsider, an exploit allows a FaceTime Video caller to hear the audio from a recipient's iPhone without the call even being picked up.
Here’s how it works: the caller starts a FaceTime video call with a contact. While the call is "ringing," the caller adds themselves manually to the call by tapping Add Person then entering the phone number that the call is being made from. A Group FaceTime call is started with the caller, with the original recipient's audio streaming before the call is accepted. It should be noted that Macs are apparently safe.
In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple confirmed it is aware of the issue and has "identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”
Incase you want to turn off FaceTime while we wait for that update, here’s how you do that:
iPhone and iPad
- Open the Settings application
- Scroll down and look for the FaceTime icon
- Switch the toggle to gray
- Open the FaceTime app on your Mac
- Click “FaceTime” in the Menu bar
- Click “Turn off FaceTime”
Now you can answer for yourself on FaceTime even if they don’t answer🤒#Apple explain this.. pic.twitter.com/gr8llRKZxJ— Benji Mobb™ (@BmManski) January 28, 2019