DEA claims encryption makes it impossible to intercept iMessages

By Shawn Knight
Apr 4, 2013
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  1. An internal government document has revealed that encryption used in Apple’s iMessage chat service has prevented Drug Enforcement Administration officials from spying on suspects’ conversations. The document, seen by CNET, cites a February 2013 criminal investigation where officials said it...

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  2. Probaly just saying this so more users will use it.
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 662   +157

    Either this is a clever ruse, or this statement is really going to bite the DEA in the rump.

    We all know that once you state that anything is unbreakable/unhackable/unintercepable/unanythingelseable, all you have to do is sit back and wait a few days for the inevitable slew of "I cracked/broked/hacked/intercepted it."s.
  4. I think Skype also is also said to be another communication medium where its encryption can't be broken (supposedly)
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    It probably can be cracked easily lol
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,328   +290

    Now we will see a increase in terrorists and murderers getting Iphones just for this good going apple good going.... Contributing to the worlds problem of finding terrorists and murderers :)
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,919   +1,176

    The question is - will Skype give up decryption keys under a court order or not. Same goes for any other online media company that claims to be unbreakable.

    DEA has your encrypted messages and is trying to make someone crack it because they cant
    please flush your drugs down the toilet NOW!
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,919   +1,176

    Like it was in movie Lord of War - "It is not lord of war, it is warlord", or "It is not bath of blood, it is bloodbath". Same for you - it is not lords of drugs, it is drug-lords, who also produce tons of drugs, and just because they are such big a$$holes, doesn't mean they got toilets big enough to dump their whole supply, would be embarrassing to call a plumber after - hello, Houston!
  10. "Probaly just saying this so more users will use it."

    You are wise my young Padawan... The force is strong with you.
  11. This story does not pass the 'snif test.' Why would any law enforcement agency publicly state their limitations? The phrase 'honey pot' comes to mind.
  12. Sphynx

    Sphynx TS Member Posts: 40


    That it will take the DEA longer to conclude some drug cases, and that they may miss conviction on some is a cost I'm happy to bear for the benefit of not having all my communications an open book to the feds.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,058   +2,554

    Publicly admitting their incompetence will quickly lead to a solution. Quite brilliant when using the press to flush out a hacking solution.
  14. DEA claims it's impossible, doesn't mean NSA can't..
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,876   +1,526

    This just in! Federal authorities have raised the national FUD alert level to yellowish, maybe sort of orangey, possibly bordering on a chartreuse....

    Beings as I don't own a cellphone, my own DILLIGAF alert system remains on low. :confused:

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