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iPhone Great for Criminals

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: The new iPod Touch is displayed during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Apple announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the popular smart phone as well as new updated versions of the iPod Nano, Shuffle and Touch. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Criminals seem to already be aware that they need an iPhone. According to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency document, the agency can't seem to trace encrypted iMessages, according to reports.

The news came from a DEA memo obtained by CNET, which said that it couldn't track and trace iMessage text messages between iPhones. However, it sometimes could see text messages sent to non-iPhones -- seemingly making the case for all drug dealers and criminals to use the system. "IMessages between two Apple devices are considered encrypted communication and cannot be intercepted, regardless of the cell phone service provider," according to the memo.

While the DEA declined to comment on the memo, investigators only discovered last month they couldn't be cracked. The reason? Because they thought they had the phone records of the texts only to find that only non-iMessage texts can be downloaded from an iPhone. The iMessages are heavily encrypted and not accessible. And if the phones are password protected, they are also set to wipe their memories after a set of failed logins, according to CNN.

So, if you want a phone that is safe from Big Brother, keep it to iMessages only to other iPhones and who knows? You might be able to get away with murder.

 
 

Related Topics Apple, DEA, iMessage, text message
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