Research firms QuarksLab claimed on Thursday that Apple can theoretically intercept users’ iMessages and read them or hand them over to authorities, but Apple responded that that’s simply not true.
“iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages,” an Apple spokesperson told 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,” the spokesperson continued.
Just a theory
QuarksLab presented its findings at the Hack in the Box conference that took place this week in Malaysia.
The group said that while Apple’s end-to-end encryption is secure, Apple “can change a key any time they want, thus read [sic] the content of our iMessages.”
The security and hacking community so far has reportedly found few faults with QuarksLab’s theory, which is apparently quite complex.
However, the researchers emphasized that they’re not claiming Apple does read your iMessages; only that it can if it chooses to.
To iMessage or not to iMessage
The iMessaging service supposedly even thwarts U.S. law enforcement agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Then again, the service clearly isn’t foolproof.
Posted on 18 October 2013.
Samsung isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer looking to shake up wireless charging, as Sony is rumored to be working on technology capable of charging its Xperia handsets in one hour flat.
Pocket-lint.com today reported that Sony engineers may be working on a way of speeding up the process of wireless charging, with an eye toward implementing the technology into next year’s Xperia smartphones.
According to a report from Nikkei, Sony’s new device uses only 10-15 watts of electricity, but supplies twice the amount of current wireless chargers.
The result is that, come late 2014, a compatible Xperia smartphone could be charged in half the time, reducing a two-hour wireless charge down to only an hour.
Sony’s work is reportedly based upon specifications now being finalized by the Wireless Power Consortium, and will be implemented as part of the existing Qi international standard.
Similar work is also underway by Rohm Co., who are developing the microchips necessary to charge with the increased 10-15 watts of power without overheating.
Samsung’s technology would allow handsets to be charged from a distance by using magnetic resonance, even when the source charger isn’t actually making contact with the device.