Is Apple’s iMessage Service Really Secure?
Can Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) read your iMessage communications? According to security researchers from Quarkslab, Apple could easily intercept a users’ private communications without their knowledge and divert it to a third party using a “man-in-the-middle attack,” reports Macworld.
Although there is no evidence that the Cupertino-based company is currently doing this, Quarkslab’s research contradicts Apple’s own claim that, “conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data.”
Apple made the claim in June, soon after consumers became aware of a secret communication surveillance program known as PRISM. After the news of the government-run surveillance program broke, many companies — including Apple — released statements that sought to reassure their customers about their commitment to user privacy.