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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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.