Right now FaceTime is a great way to keep up with what friends and family are doing — without them knowing.
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I just listened to my dad playing piano back in Oklahoma over my phone. Lovely tune, I think something by Gershwin. The only thing is, he never picked up the phone while I was listening, or knew that I could hear him. I was spying on him through his iPhone — and I could do the same thing to pretty much anyone on an iPhone right now. What’s more, you could do the same to me.

A major new bug introduced in iOS 12.1 allows anyone to exploit a bug in FaceTime Groups to listen in on the audio (and potentially see the video) of anyone else using iOS. I was able to get it to work on a variety of iOS devices ranging from a very new iPhone XS to a very beat-up iPhone 5, but all were running iOS 12.1 and above.

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