Apple's iMessage encryption thwarts DEA wiretaps


Apple has encrypted its iMessage platform so securely that not even federal drug enforcement can crack it open, stymieing their efforts to eavesdrop on suspects' conversations.

According to an internal Drug Enforcement Administration document obtained by CNet, agents warn that "it is impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices," even with a court order approved by a federal judge. Messages sent as traditional text messages are easier for the DEA to obtain, though the agency admitted it "seems to be more successful if the intercept is placed on [a] non-Apple device."

Apple introduced iMessage in mid-2011. The service lets consumers send free text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices and poses a mounting threat to conventional operator SMS offerings. Users now transmit more than 2 billion messages per day via the iMessage platform. Article