Apple iMessage Encryption Issues

Researchers can hack Apple’s iMessages, but you’re already safe

By on August 15, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Researchers can hack Apple’s iMessages, but you’re already safe

In mid-March, during the FBI vs. Apple scandal surrounding the encrypted San Bernardino iPhone, a report revealed that security researchers from Johns Hopkins University were able to access photos and videos in iMessage conversations, even though they were encrypted. The same university came up with a different attack against the same iMessage, one that allowed them to access content that should be protected by the strong encryption Apple advocates.

The good news is the security holes have been patched already. You just have to run the latest versions of iOS and OS X. However, the researchers recommend that Apple should replace its iMessage encryption with one that eliminates potential weaknesses. More →

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iMessage Android App Release Date

Apple will probably never release iMessage for Android

By on June 17, 2016 at 8:27 AM.

Apple will probably never release iMessage for Android

One of the crazier Apple rumors that hit the internet in the weeks leading to WWDC said that Apple will unveil an iMessage for Android application at the show. iMessage is one of Apple’s best iOS apps, an SMS/messaging client that even Android fans would want to use on their devices.

During the keynote, Apple proved it’s interested in upping its iMessage game, as the chat app received the biggest update in years. The new features make iMessage an even better alternative to Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, but an Android version of the app was never announced.

Now we know why that happened, and we get the feeling Apple might never go forward with iMessage for Android plans.

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iMessage App Android PieMessage

There’s finally a way to get iMessage support on your Android phone

By on May 3, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

There’s finally a way to get iMessage support on your Android phone

Did you switch from iOS to Android and find yourself missing iMessage? After all, there’s a lot to like about Apple’s text application that features end-to-end encryption, file transfers, and cross-platform support – as long as you’re using either iOS or Mac.

Those Android users who happen to own MacBooks and iMacs will be happy to hear that there’s a new app called PieMessage that brings iMessage support to their Android handset. More →

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iPhone iMessage Encryption Hackers

More evidence the FBI doesn’t need Apple’s help cracking the San Bernardino iPhone

By on March 21, 2016 at 8:50 PM.

More evidence the FBI doesn’t need Apple’s help cracking the San Bernardino iPhone

The high-profile FBI vs. Apple case is nearing its court date, but if you’ve followed the story closely you probably know everything there is to know about it. In short, the FBI wants Apple to create an iOS backdoor that will let it access data on a locked iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple, meanwhile, says that taking such a course is very dangerous for the safety of iPhone users and would set a dangerous precedent by opening a door to hackers.

While each side has argued its case in the media over the last few weeks, some intrepid researchers from John Hopkins have found a hole in Apple’s iPhone encryption that can be exploited successfully to retrieve data.

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Apple Fights Weak Encryption Law

Apple tears apart proposed British anti-encryption law in written memo to parliament

By on December 22, 2015 at 8:47 AM.

Apple tears apart proposed British anti-encryption law in written memo to parliament

No matter what some would say about Apple’s determination to encrypt its products, the company is not ready to go down without a fight in an effort to protect its privacy policies, even if that means engaging in a war of words with legislators.

In addition to fighting the U.S. government over encryption, Apple has now officially voiced its objections to a law that proposes weaker encryption in Britain. More →

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iPhone Encryption iMessage FaceTime Wiretapping

Apple said no to real time iMessage wiretapping for the government

By on September 9, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Apple said no to real time iMessage wiretapping for the government

Apple has refused a request from the Department of Justice for real-time iMessage wiretapping, a new report says, apparently suggesting that Apple could do it if it wanted to. A recent security report claimed that while iMessage (or FaceTime) doesn’t have a backdoor for the government, the end-to-end encrypted service is built in such a way that Apple could, if it wanted to, offer real-time access to messages and chats to a third-party – namely a spy agency working with a warrant – belonging to a suspect. More →

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iPhone FBI iMessage FaceTime Backdoor

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

By on August 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

If you listen to Apple’s statements about protecting iMessage and FaceTime communications, you’d think Apple has the best encryption game in town. Not only that, but Apple isn’t playing ball with the government, as it’s looking to protect your data more than it wants to cooperate with intelligence agencies.

But a new report looking into the iPhone’s security measures that are supposed to protect your data suggests that everything we’ve been told about iMessage encryption may have been false in at least one aspect: Your data might only be safe if you’re not a suspect. More →

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Hilarious iPhone iMessage Break-Up Text

11-Year-Old Sends Ultimate Break-Up iMessage, and We Can’t Stop Laughing

By on July 3, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

11-Year-Old Sends Ultimate Break-Up iMessage, and We Can’t Stop Laughing

What do you do when you’re an 11-year-old girl and you hear that your boyfriend – let’s call him Joey – cheated on you with this other girl – let’s refer to her as Natalie – by going to the park with her behind your back? Naturally, you use your iPhone and send the best break-up iMessage ever. And you get bonus points when the message goes viral on the Internet thanks to your siblings, who are already on Twitter. More →

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Apple iMessage Crashing Bug Update

Apple fixed the iMessage bug that crashes your iPhone in the latest iOS 8.4 beta

By on June 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM.

Apple fixed the iMessage bug that crashes your iPhone in the latest iOS 8.4 beta

A couple of weeks ago, iPhone owners the world over started receiving odd text messages from their mischievous friends — texts which promptly shut down their devices. This bizarre bug had something to do with how banner notifications process Unicode text, which is what appears in the odd string of text.

Apple provided a workaround shortly after the bug was reported, but today we found out that the official fix has been included in iOS 8.4 beta 4.

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iPhone iMessage Crashing Bug Fix

Apple just told us all how to fix the crazy iPhone-crashing iMessage bug

By on May 29, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Apple just told us all how to fix the crazy iPhone-crashing iMessage bug

A few days ago, a critical iOS bug capable of crashing and rebooting iPhones with a simple message was discovered. Apple didn’t take long to acknowledge the issue, and not the company has shared a temporary fix that should help affected users get their iPhones back. More →

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iMessage Vs BBM

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

By on May 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM.

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

True story: a little over a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him pick out an Android phone because he was tired of his iPhone. For a few hours spread out over the course of a week, we chatted off and on about what he didn’t like about the iPhone and what he was looking for in a new phone. We finally landed on the HTC One, and he went out and bought one the day his contract was up. But then just three days later, he switched back to his iPhone.

“I can’t live life as a green bubble,” he told me.

There is indeed something addictive about those little blue bubbles. But truth be told, iMessage is hardly a full-featured messaging platform. Its feature set is barebones at best, and now there’s a new feature in the BBM for iOS beta app that iMessage users will be jealous of. More →

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