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Apple Can Not Decrypt iMessages

Oct 18 2013, 9:13am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple Can Not Decrypt iMessages
Photo Credit: QuarksLab Blog

Nobody is saying that Apple is eavesdropping on your iMessages. However, Apple has been found to be capable of decrypting the iMessages that go back and forth between communicators but Apple denies it.

Certain security experts have found that Apple is not as innocent as it purports to be. It has the capacity to read the many iMessages that are relayed via its networks. It is agreed that the messages are encrypted from one end to the other. However, despite denials from Apple, the fact of the matter is that it can easily and readily snoop into what is not its business. 

That is because it holds the encryption keys. And despite the data being safe and sound from hackers, the metadata is open to the staff of Apple. A security firm QuarksLab states in its blog, "As Apple claims, there is end-to-end encryption. The weakness is in the key infrastructure as it is controlled by Apple: they can change a key anytime they want, thus read the content of our iMessages." After Edward Snowden leaked the NSA’s spying activities, Apple was one of the agencies responsible for providing the government all the information regarding the private conversations of citizens. 

But when Apple Incorporated was contacted about this their verdict was unequivocal. They were not doing such a thing and furthermore they were not interested in doing so either. Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told 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.”

But if the NSA were spying on your iMessages through Apple there would be nothing you could do to prevent this from happening. Although the head honchos at Apple say that even a government agency needs prior permission before it can use Apple’s networks for their nefarious purposes, the doubts remain. Maybe it all goes to prove that the public is not as stupid as it used to be once upon a time. You can’t fool it in this age and time. 

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