A couple of days back we reported about a new type of security flaw in iPhone’s SMS feature, well it’s kind of an old security flaw as it existed since the original iPhone. This kind of security flaw is known as spoofing. Well Apple has finally responded to this situation and it is something we did not really expect Apple to say. Read ahead to find out.
The SMS spoof messages, which allows any hacker to change the reply-to address of a text message got a bit of response from many people around the world. Who became aware to this kind of hacking when famed iOS hacker, pod2g discovered it.
Apple has responsed to this spoof hacking by simply saying that iMessage is better than SMS.
Apple’s statement via Engadget.
Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they’re directed to an unknown website or address over SMS
So what Apple’s basically saying that; they can not fix this problem and you should be careful who you are messaging to, and yeah, to use iMessage instead of normal carrier SMS.
Seriously? Come on Apple we expect better then this.
Well as it seems now that you do not really have an option except to be careful who you are sending your messages to. The problem here mainly lies on carriers side so Apple can’t really do much.
Although the problem mainly lies on the carrier side but Apple can do much better then this, maybe force carriers to introduce better security measures or even to upgrade its own security regarding SMS. It’s not like every smartphone has this spoof problem.
What do you think?