Apple Declares That SMS Security Is Flawed, Warns Customers To Be Cautious

news by Rick Rockwell, 19 Aug 2012 rss subscribe

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Apple warned its customers over the weekend to be cautious when using SMS because there are serious flaws with the SMS security on Apple's mobile devices. This security risk is with all of the IOS operating systems. After Apple learned that individuals could hack in and spoof SMS messages on their mobile devices, Apple released the following statement, according to "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." Apple is encouraging customers to use its iMessaging service instead. Ultimately, these spoofed messages could direct customers to harmful websites that could steal all of their personal information. Despite the major telephone carriers in the U.S. doing a solid job of preventing SMS spoofing, it's still a major concern by Apple, thus prompting their official statement over the weekend.

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