“Touting its commitment to user privacy in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal earlier this year, Apple said that the end-to-end encryption protecting its iMessage instant-messenger service is so secure that even the company itself cannot decrypt it,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.
“But, on Thursday, security outfit QuarksLab disputed that claim, arguing that Apple could intercept iMessage communications if it wanted to,” Paczkowski reports. “‘Apple can read your iMessages if they choose to, or if they are required to do so by a government order,’ QuarksLab said in a white paper presented Thursday at the Hack in the Box conference.”
“Apple disagrees — vehemently,” Paczkowski reports. “Apple says that QuarksLab’s theory is just that — a theory, and one that would require a rearchitecting of iMessage for it ever to be a threat in the real world. ‘iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages,’ said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in a statement to AllThingsD. ‘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.'”
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