Grant Thompson, 14, in Arizona, receives money for detecting vulnerability. He came across a wound last month when he called a friend to play the Fortnite video game.
When his friend did not call FaceTime, he added a second friend to the group conversation that triggered the initial call, even though his friend did not respond.
The defect in security allows Grant to listen to the other line. He recreated a wound several times with his friends and his mother to confirm the existence of a bug, he said.
Now Apple rewards him for his discovery. The company said it would pay the Thompson family to report the mistake and make a gift for Grant's education. Apple does not say how much it will give.
Introducing her mother to CNBC this week, Grant said she was surprised to find the flaw before Apple added that it would remain an iPhone user despite the mistake.
"Overall, I think Apple is trying to keep our confidentiality and I respect it," he said.
He was also asked if his popularity at school had changed since Apple had admitted him to open and report the mistake.
"Many of my friends know about him and think he's pretty cool," he said.
Grant's mother, Michele Thompson, said she called and sent an email to Apple to warn him about the handle for days before being reported to the media.
"We again apologize to our customers and thank them for their patience. In addition to solving the bug that was reported, our team performed a thorough FaceTime service security audit and made additional updates for both the FaceTime application and the server to improve security, "Apple said.
As Apple launches a security patch for users, New York chief prosecutor Lettias James investigates the FaceTime company's response.
"This FaceTime infringement is a serious threat to the security and privacy of the millions of New Yorkers who have trusted Apple and its products over the years," James said in a press release last month.
James apparently referred to the Thompson family, noting that the reports indicate that the existence of the bugs was reported to Apple "more than a week before being widely shared with the media and the company has taken action," the report said.
James said her office would consider "Apple's inability to warn users about the FaceTime error and the slow response to the problem."
– "Washington Post"