Lawyer Sues Apple Over FaceTime Eavesdrop Bug, Says It Let Someone Record a Sworn Testimony
Thursday January 31, 2019. 11:00 AM , from Slashdot/Apple
A lawyer in Houston has filed a lawsuit against Apple over a security vulnerability that let people eavesdrop on iPhones using FaceTime. 'His lawsuit, filed Monday in Harris County, Texas, alleges that Apple 'failed to exercise reasonable care' and that Apple 'knew, or should have known, that its Product would cause unsolicited privacy breaches and eavesdropping,'' reports CNBC. 'It alleged Apple did not adequately test its software and that Apple was 'aware there was a high probability at least some consumers would suffer harm.'' From the report: The suit says that Williams was 'undergoing a private deposition with a client when this defective product breached allowed for the recording' of the conversation. Williams claimed this caused 'sustained permanent and continuous injuries, pain and suffering and emotional trauma that will continue into the future' and that Williams 'lost ability to earn a living and will continued to be so in the future.' The lawsuit also says that iOS 12.1, the latest major release of the iPhone operating system, was defective and 'unreasonable dangerous' and that Apple 'failed to provide adequate warnings to avoid the substantial danger' posed by the security flaw. Williams is seeking compensatory and punitive damages as a result of the exploit.
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