Though Michele Thompson repeatedly reached out to Apple via multiple avenues regarding the bug, the tech giant did not take note of it. The update, iOS 12.1.4, was made available for download on February 7 and follows shortly on the heels of two Congressional lawmakers publicly demanding answers from Apple CEO Tim Cook about the major privacy screw up.
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Over a week ago, it was discovered that 3rd party callers could potentially eavesdrop via FaceTime if they initiate a Group FaceTime without having you to accept the call. In the days following, it was discovered that the mother of U.S. teen Grant Thompson alerted the company a week before it took action; Apple is reportedly rewarding the family per its bug hunting policy. So if you want Group FaceTime available for you on your supported devices, then you will want to make sure that you update to iOS 12.1.4 as quickly as possible.
Ever since it was discovered that Thompson tried to responsibly disclose the bug to Apple, many have been calling for Apple to issue him a bug bounty reward. Media coverage, however, appears to be what escalated the problem to Apple's attention, which is why the company - after issuing an apology and an assurance that it's working fast to fix the bug - told CNBC that it's "committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate bug reports".
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