Could a third party read the messages you send via the iMessage system? According to QuarksLab researchers that is very much possible. iMessages are encrypted but Apple can read them. Not only that, these messages can be intercepted and changed via MiTM attack. Apple has denied it has any intention of reading messages sent by its users. But as researchers have already shown, it is theoretically possible.
Apple, for its part, has claimed that it can’t decrypt the encryption that protects iMessages:
conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.
The good news is the hackers behind this research have released iMTM Protect that helps address this security flaw. It only works on jailbroken phones at this time.
Speaking of Apple products, the company may be getting ready to offer GarageBand for free. Everyone knows that Apple is going to announce a bunch of new products this week. But an inadvertent leak on Apple’s website suggests its software will be updated too. Apple has already removed the page. I can’t say we are completely surprised by this though.