Apple to Settle Teen who Found Face Time Bug

A US teenager who discovered a security flaw in Apple’s FaceTime video-calling system is smiling to the bank after being given a bug bounty.

The Tech giant has not revealed the exact amount it is giving 14-year-old Grant Thompson but it is believed to include money to help pay for his education.

Grant found a bug that meant he could briefly eavesdrop on recipients to a group FaceTime call.

His reward comes with Apple mired in a bug bounty row after one security researcher refused to tell Apple about a bug because there was no reward on offer.

In late January, it was revealed that some Apple users could secretly listen to people they called via FaceTime even if the recipient did not accept the call.

Apple deemed it so serious that it disabled the group FaceTime feature while it investigated and produced a fix.

It later emerged that Apple had been warned about it earlier in January by Grant and his mother after the teenager uncovered the problem when using FaceTime to talk about strategies for the Fortnite game with friends.

Mrs Thompson sent several emails and other messages to Apple warning about the vulnerability but initially got no response.

Now, Apple has credited Grant, who’s from Catalina, in Arizona, with finding the flaw.

News about his reward came on the day that Apple issued a software update that fixed the bug.

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