DEA Intelligence Note Reports It's 'Impossible to Intercept iMessages'

Posted April 4, 2013 at 2:22pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11752 views

A DEA Intelligence Note reports that it's impossible for law enforcement to intercept iMessages.

In 2011, Apple Inc. developed iMessage, an instant messaging service capable of sending plain text, pictures, movies, locations, and contacts. In February 21, 2013, the DEA San Jose Resident Office (SJRO) learned that text messages sent via iMessages between Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iMac) are not captured by pen register, trap and trace devices, or Title III interceptions. iMessages between two Apple devices are considered encrypted communication and cannot be intercepted, regardless of the cell phone service provider.

Christopher Soghoian, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that "Apple's service is not designed to be government-proof." "It's much much more difficult to intercept than a telephone call or a text message" that federal agents are used to, Soghoian says. "The government would need to perform an active man-in-the-middle attack... The real issue is why the phone companies in 2013 are still delivering an unencrypted audio and text service to users. It's disgraceful."

[via CNET]

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HO - April 7, 2013 at 12:43am
...this still shows as news?...even that it was found to be fake...oh the shepple...
Not a Genius - April 4, 2013 at 11:11pm
Now all the criminals are going to be buying iPhones... genius
WOW - April 5, 2013 at 12:26am
Criminals are not that stupid! Well maybe the transfer is encrypted but don't forget Big Brother (iCould) is watching you :D, he is able to memorize everything you do and readable for Apple.
Wtf? - April 4, 2013 at 8:36pm
That's why all my automatic rifle, heroin, and child porn exchanges are done via iMessage. It's the ONLY way to sin.
Jay - April 5, 2013 at 12:58am
LOL. No, they use bitcoin for this. Thanks for the laugh though, it was much needed today.
dr3 - April 4, 2013 at 8:25pm
couldn't more agree with Ben
Odedo1 - April 4, 2013 at 6:40pm
in America when I grew up, privacy was like a religion, well now I left LA moved over sea without no regret what so ever ( beside a little missing some friends but that's what vacations are for. ) So now Privacy is gone with bosh privacy law and so am I !
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