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Apple FaceTime bug statement: Group calls return soon

Apple FaceTime bug statement: Group calls return soon

Earlier this week, the world was alerted to a supremely bad FaceTime bug that let callers hear audio from the recipient's end before they answered the call. Obviously, that's a major security concern, but it gets worse, as the bug also allowed callers to see video from the recipient's front-facing camera in some instances, even when the recipient never joined the call.

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FaceTime bug was already reported more than a week ago

FaceTime bug was already reported more than a week ago

Just a day before Apple was scheduled to share its quarterly earnings to the world, it was hit by what could be one of its biggest privacy issues since the iCloud leak in 2014. But while Apple has thankfully (and rightly) sped up its process to address the egregious FaceTime bug, it might also be trying to wash its hands clean. Because while it was only recently that the bug became public knowledge, a teen and his mom reportedly tried to inform Apple of the bug more than a week ago.

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FaceTime is down, bug fix hopefully coming soon

FaceTime is down, bug fix hopefully coming soon

Software bugs, just like their physical counterparts, are a fact of life. They can be avoided, yes, but not completely. There are some bugs, however, that are so terrible they might make you squirm uncomfortably. The recently discovered FaceTime bug could be one of those considering its dire consequences for user privacy. Now the service is seemingly down for the count, hopefully, because Apple is scrambling to fix it.

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FaceTime bug lets callers spy on recipients’ audio before they answer [UPDATE]

FaceTime bug lets callers spy on recipients’ audio before they answer [UPDATE]

A newly discovered FaceTime bug enables callers to listen into the recipient's audio before they answer the phone, according to iPhone users who have been impacted by it. The bug presents a significant privacy issue, one call recipients may be unaware of as they contemplate whether or not to answer. Exploiting the bug requires only minor effort and it appears disabling FaceTime is the only protection from it.

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Huawei’s disappearing Twitter photos problem is less dramatic than you think

Huawei’s disappearing Twitter photos problem is less dramatic than you think

Huawei seems to be the favorite target of conspiracy theories in the tech industry these days. Especially when you consider recent news about arrested executives and government bans against Huawei happening not just in the US but worldwide as well. So when something out of the ordinary happens on users’ Huawei and Honor phones, like, say, vanishing photos downloaded from Twitter, the Interwebs unsurprisingly goes crazy over what almost seems like a vendor’s unauthorized backdoor access to phones.

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iOS 12.1.3 fixes major Messages, CarPlay, HomePod headaches

iOS 12.1.3 fixes major Messages, CarPlay, HomePod headaches

Apple has just rolled out version 12.1.3 of iOS and while the numbering does suggest it’s just a maintenance update, it’s one that many users might want to apply ASAP. No, it doesn’t add any new feature or activates a hidden one. Instead, it fixes bugs users have been experiencing across almost all of Apple’s products except Macs that have been giving them no small amount of heartache in the past weeks since iOS 12.1.2.

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Twitter Android bug made private tweets public for four years

Twitter Android bug made private tweets public for four years

Tech companies love redefining words. Network carriers, for example, have made “unlimited” mean “limited” and Twitter has apparently turned “private” into “public”. Granted, the social networking giant pins the blame on a bug that affected only their Android-using population, but more than the worrying nature of the bug itself, it’s the fact that the bug has been active for years that should be cause for concern. And the fact that Twitter isn’t even aware of the scope of the bug isn’t reassuring either.

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Popular ES File Explorer Android app now unpopular for security bug

Popular ES File Explorer Android app now unpopular for security bug

Android has long prided itself for how it allows users to dig into most of the file system, provided they have a file manager app on hand. Of the latter, ES File Explorer was once the cream of the crop for the features it offers. Those features, however, may have come at the price of your privacy and security. A vulnerability has been discovered that apparently gives any hacker worth his or her salt access to a phone with that app installed and all they have to do is sit on the same Wi-Fi network as the phone.

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Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

A game as big as Fortnite is obviously going to be a target for the more unsavory people of the world. Though a major concern is children falling victim to phishing attempts or other scams, those usually require the victim to attempt logging in on a bogus website. Today, Check Point Research has detailed scary a Fortnite vulnerability that doesn't require victims to hand over their credentials before having their accounts compromised.

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Internet Explorer emergency security fix breaks Lenovo laptops

Internet Explorer emergency security fix breaks Lenovo laptops

It may not be at terrible as the now notorious Windows 10 October update, but for owners of certain Lenovo laptops, it might as well be. Last week, Microsoft rolled out a seemingly harmless update that, at least based on the Knowledge Base page, is just about fixing a security exploit in Internet Explorer. While majority of Windows users will install that update, even if they don’t use the ancient browser, Microsoft has now acknowledged that it is causing headaches for some Lenovo laptops in the process.

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SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

With the Internet being people’s primary gateway to today’s services, web browsers have often been the target of hackers and security researchers trying to discover potential vulnerabilities. One such vulnerability has been discovered by Tencent’s Blade security team and nicknamed “Magellan”. While it affects a large chunk of browsers that use the open source Chromium engine, including Google Chrome itself, this time it isn’t the web browser that’s at fault. Instead, it’s the SQLite database that’s used not just by Chromium but by hundreds if not thousands of apps as well.

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Windows 10 update gives Surface Book 2 the gift of BSOD

Windows 10 update gives Surface Book 2 the gift of BSOD

Another Windows 10 update, another report of system-breaking bugs. Microsoft has just rolled out a cumulative update on top of the already bug-ridden October update. While the bugs that followed after that may have been relatively minor, this latest one is delivering the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). And while it may not be widespread, it embarrassingly affects the Surface Book 2, one of Microsoft’s own flagship PCs.

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