Teen who found FaceTime bug may cash in with Apple

Teen who found FaceTime bug may cash in with Apple

The saga of the teenage boy who discovered the now infamous Group FaceTime bug in iOS 12 has had a lot of twists and turns, but it may come to a happy (or at least profitable) ending for the kid. As the story goes, a 14-year old boy -- Grant Thompson -- discovered the bug while playing Fortnite and following the social media firestorm around the issue, it came out that his mom -- Michele -- had tried unsuccessfully for more than one week to contact Apple about the flaw.

The trouble was that Ms. Thompson didn't know the proper way to report a bug to Apple until after Apple Support told her that she would have to register as a developer in order to submit the issue. After reporting the Group FaceTime bug, Ms. Thompson didn't hear from Apple until after media reports began coming out about her story, but apparently on Friday a high-ranking Apple exec flew out to visit the Thompsons to thank them and ask how Apple could improve its reporting process.

Even better for Grant, the Apple exec mentioned that he would be eligible for Apple's bug bounty program, which pays out between $25,000 and $200,000 depending on the severity of the flaw found. However, it's unclear what level of bug bounty Grant would be eligible for, because the FaceTime bug doesn't fit neatly into any of the specific categories Apple designated as worthy of a payout. At best, we'd guess Apple would offer the $25,000 bounty, but that's enough to buy quite a lot of Fortnite skins anyway.

source: CNBC

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20 Comments

1. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

He found the bug & he deserves the $$$.

2. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Hay we can agree, lol I hope they pay him the top amount, that is a serious bug.

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I hope they pay him the max amount. But I do not see how this is a SERIOUS bug. The person being called from a group chat can hear the audio before they pick up. How is this SERIOUS? The people in the group chat want to talk to that person, so it's not like they don't know who they dialed....

9. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

You have got to be kidding. It's the worst type of bug. Especially when it lets anyone see or hear what's going on your iOS device, or MacBook. This is truly messed up. Plus that update has been in place since October 2018. Too long. https://youtu.be/lI2za9p95r0 And no, they do not have to be in your group chat or be connected.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That is really serious Also allowed video before pickup too So it allowed access to both the camera and mic without user consent Huge breach of privacy which Apple claims to care about

3. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

His mom will just keep it and say his payment is living there rent free and eating her food.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The sad part is, you are probably right.

6. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Or put it towards college like most parents would. People aren't usually that dumb.

7. Charlie2k

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Living in a country that charge you for college education is a dumb move.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 805; Member since: May 17, 2017

Yes, because we can all afford to move. Sorry that I was born in a place that you don’t approve of.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And i guess your country is so perfect. They all have ups and downs.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If thats the case, I wouldve been a millionaire from my years with android.

11. Man_Utd

Posts: 161; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Gotta love Apple... Ms. Thompson: "I want to report a bug" Apple: "Okay, give us $100 and then you can be a developer and report bugs" These guys are so good at making money!!!! They know how to maximize the juice from the squeeze.

13. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

In startup company I work at, guess who is the biggest bug hunter? Users. Lol. You definitely don't have to be a developer to spot a bug.

16. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Apple go like "yeah, we just chill, our developers don't even need to test our products just let media find the faults they did."

14. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

There goes bonus for the exec in charge of QA.

15. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"she would have to register as a developer in order to submit the issue." "I am sorry ma'am, you should be a registered firefighter to report that broken hydrant infront of your house." If the kid uploaded a video, he will cash-in with youtube views, shame the developers and make apple bounty at the same time.

17. tangbunna

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

it is stupid to spend money on game skin. that teen need more knowledge. not gaming.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’m sure it was a joke...

20. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

Well damn...

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