Apple says theoretical exploits be damned, they can't read your iMessages

Apple says theoretical exploits be damned, they can't read your iMessages

Earlier this week security researchers presented their paper highlighting how a man-in-the-middle attack could let Apple, or an agency compelling Apple, read our iMessage despite the end-to-end encryption. Not so says Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. AllThingsD:

iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages. The research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so.

Beyond that, it's simply not in Apple's best interests to be able to read, or to be able to enable any agency to read, our iMessages. It would hurt them not only as a company, but as a group of people dedicated to making great products.

My guess is - and I say this as someone who trusts no one and is paranoid of everybody - if there's a way to make even this theoretical attack impossible, Apple will find it.

Source: AllThingsD

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Apple says theoretical exploits be damned, they can't read your iMessages


To be honest, how many people really give a hoot about whether someone else reads their messages to someone else.

If someone wants to read messages I send or receive then more power to them, there isn't much of interest there for them anyway just 99% of other users, there isn't anything worthy of being worried about.

Whether the accusations are or were true I won't lose sleep over it.

Privacy is becoming a luxury that only top execs can afford. I agree with stewm, you never know when you are going to need privacy. Now I'm not accusing anybody of reading my iMessages, but I'm very careful as to what I send. My dad always told me privacy was important, even if you have nothing to hide cause it's those people who are most vulnerable. With technology growing exponentially, and rules that haven't been made yet, you never know when you're going to need to hide something until it's too late. Peace to all...

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"but as a group of people dedicated to making great products."

I thought they were dedicated to making a lot of money for the share holders.

On the other hand, if there are other motifs, the randomly-disappearing reminders, the lauhgable Maps (unusable still after a year on the market), the non-syncing notes, the random iOS reboots on my iP5, etc, do not bespeak of any "great product" orientation. They are rather indicators of a group of people dedicated to making money by optmizing the lowest quality (and hence profit) they can get away with. That is, they tell us Apple is a corporation, not a bunh of guys making "great stuff" for the fun of it.