iMessage encryption too good for the Feds

An internal Drug Enforcement Administration document seen by CNET discusses a February 2013 criminal investigation and warns that because of the use of encryption, “it is impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices” even with a court order approved by a federal judge.



  • http://www.facebook.com/hellomynameisbrad Brad Purchase

    Maybe that’s what they want you to think!

    • Mother Hydra

      exactly. Anyone that believes this should look into the property I’m currently selling. wink, wink, nudge, nudge

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    Get Anonymous on it. ;-)

    • Mother Hydra

      iMessage DDoS happened already, was it them?

      • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

        I only heard of people crashing iMessage with long strings, not hacking messages.

      • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

        Ack, paralyzed! I can’t decide if I should joke about hackers or iCloud stability.

  • stsk

    On those rare occasions I have to read cnet, looking at the comments reminds me to sink into despair for humanity.

  • Michael

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight

  • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

    Comparing to SMS, iMessage must seem impenetrable. But I’m sure they’ll find a way… or legally require Apple to add one.

    • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

      That would suck!

      • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

        It would. I like my privacy.

  • http://twitter.com/jackbanh Jack

    The real story is how INSECURE traditional SMS is. US carriers have tried to do as little as possible when it comes to user privacy and readily bend over backwards for government snooping.

    Apple is not really a state-of-the-art in security company, they’re doing the due diligence that any reasonable communications provider should be doing.

  • dr.no

    This just means Apple needs to added into the FISA bill provision to protect Americans from suing Apple and letting Feds wiretap on demand.

    No big deal.

  • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

    Shouldn’t Google have been the iconoclast gadget nerds’ hero for this distinction?