Apple is in shambles right now as a FaceTime bug, which allows eavesdropping, has surfaced. Apparently, this bug allows iPhone users to activate another person’s microphone remotely.
Basically, the bug’s like this: you call someone on FaceTime, add yourself so you create a group chat while the phone is still ringing and voila, you will be able to hear the audio of the person you are calling even if he/she has not picked up yet.
Apple Facetime Allows Users To Eavesdrop
Apple eventually released a statement saying:
“We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”
Apple’s online support page also indicated that there is a technical issue with FaceTime, such that the group chat is temporarily unavailable.
If you want to see and experience how this bug works, here is what you need to do:
First, call an iPhone contact on FaceTime video.
Second, swipe up from the bottom of your screen while it is ringing. Choose “Add Person”.
Third, dial your own number.With this, you are able to initiate a group chat on FaceTime.
Now, listen as the microphone of the person you first called suddenly becomes audible, thus you will be able to hear the conversation, background noises and little whatnots on the other line even if the other person has not picked up the phone yet!
What’s worst, if the person you are calling to turns the Power button off from the lock screen, then that person also unknowingly sends his or her video! At this point, the receiver can also hear the caller’s audio. However, he/ she does not know that his/her audio and video are transmitted to the other line as well.
Grant Thompson, the kid who first discovered the bug
The bug was first discovered by a 14-year old boy named Grant Thompson from Tuczon, Arizona. He discovered it one Saturday night, week after Apple acknowledged the situation.
Who would have thought that this young man can discover what looks like a worldwide privacy issue?
“It took nine days for us to get a response,” he said. “My mom contacted them almost every single day through email, calling, faxing.”
New York Governor Concerned With Apple Facetime bug
Governor of New York Dismayed
Governor of New York Andrew M. Cuomo, as well as Attorney General Leticia James released a statement saying this bug puts on line the privacy of New Yorkers.
“New Yorkers shouldn’t have to choose between their private communications and their privacy rights,” says James. She adds that her office will be conducting an investigation into how Apple will respond to the situation. Lastly, she says authorities must use all resources available to guarantee that users are protected all the time.
Now York Governor Andrew Cuomo looks at the bug as a very serious matter.
“New Yorkers deserve to know that their phones are safe and cannot be used against them,” Governor Cuomo says.
The public, not only New Yorkers, deserve the right to privacy. This bug by one of the world’s tech giants signals that even the most powerful companies may encounter glitches and so we should always be careful at all times.
First Paralyzed Man Treated With Stem Cells Regains Upper Body Movement
He was completely paralyzed from the neck down but can now move his hands and arms!
Stem cells are already believed to be the one medical treatment that can cure just about anything. But can it actually help someone walk again? A paralyzed man is the first patient who has been treated with stem cells. Amazingly, the patient has already regained upper body movement.
Kristopher Boesen has been paralyzed since he was in a car accident that changed his life. Boesen lost control of his car on a slippery road surface and slammed into a tree. Although he survived, doctors told Boesen's parents that he might never be able to function from the neck down again. However, things changed when Boesen got an offer that could change things for the better.
The procedure called for stem cells to be injected directly into the spine cord.
Japanese Experiment From The 1970’s Resulted In Awesome Tree ‘Crop Circles’
An experiment on tree growth density resulted in the most amazing man-made crop circles!
We usually associate crop circles with a possible alien encounter. However, there's nothing extraterrestrial about the awesome tree formations you'll find in Japan. These gorgeous patterns are actually the result of a Japanese experiment conducted almost a half-century ago.
In 1973, an area of land in the Miyazaki Prefecture of southern Japan was used for an experiment on trees. The Japanese researchers designated the area as “experimental forestry” and began planting trees in 10 degree radial increments. These formed 10 concentric circles of varying diameters. Since then, the trees have grown and the results of the experiment are visible from the air.
Aliens aren't responsible for these gorgeous tree crop circles.
Vaccines Work, Here Are The Facts About History’s Greatest Lifesaver
All the risks, facts, and misconceptions about myths can be found here.
The debate about vaccines continues to this day. Although vaccines have been confirmed to be efficient in keeping people healthy, some are still unconvinced. In order to shed light on the truth about vaccines, an artist created a cartoon depicting everything you need to know about the immunity boosters.
A vaccine is a biological concoction that acquired immunity to a particular disease. The preparation usually contains a weakened form of the microbe that triggers the body's immunity system to recognize a threat. By making the body react to fight the vaccine, it also convinced the immune system to work against the disease itself.
The cartoon illustrates how life was before vaccines.