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Apple vulnerability could affect 1 billion users

Apple vulnerability could affect 1 billion users

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Approximately 1 billion Apple users could be affected by a security flaw in the instant messaging service iMessage, Cyber ​​security expert Zach Duffman warns in his new article published in Forbes on December 4.

According to the specialist, the problem lies with the iCloud storage system and the general backups that users make on their iPhone. Thus, using the default settings, iMessages are synced across all Apple devices owned by the customer. In addition, by default, a copy of your Smartphone’s data and settings is saved to iCloud.

Duffman confirms it iMessage has end-to-end encryption, which should generally prevent content breaches. However, the expert asserts that the backlog of data backups in iCloud includes, among other things, storing encryption keys, which makes end-to-end encryption “completely useless”.

The specialist stated that the problem arose last week after an FBI document was published detailing messaging platforms that agents can easily access.

If the target is using an iCloud backup, Encryption keys must also be provided to return the content [acceso legal]; You can also purchase iMessages from iCloud Returns if the target has activated Messages in iCloud,” reads the file text.

(With information from RT in Spanish)

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