This 14-year old found Apple’s FaceTime bug before it went viral

This 14-year old found Apple’s FaceTime bug before it went viral

San Francisco (CNN Business)Fourteen-year old Grant Thompson was just trying to play video games with friends on a day off from school when he made an alarming discovery: a bug in Apple’s FaceTime tool that could turn iPhones into eavesdropping devices.On Monday, more than a week later, Apple (AAPL) disabled its Group FaceTime feature after other users detected the bug and posted videos of it in action on social media.Apple told CNN Business in a statement it identified a fix for the issue and plans to roll out a software update later this the week.In the nine days between Grant discovering the bug and Apple publicly addressing it, Grant’s mom, Michele Thompson, said she tried everything she could think of to get Apple’s attention. She emailed, called, tweeted at CEO Tim Cook and even faxed a letter on her law firm’s letterhead.An attorney in Tucson, Arizona, she wanted to to make sure Apple fixed the problem before it fell “into the wrong hands.”

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