After iPhone text messages were found to be hackable, meaning that text for your Mum might easily be from a filthy scammer, Apple’s answer is to just use iMessage, because everybody uses an iPhone, right?
In a statement released to Engadget, Apple took the opportunity, not to apologise about the vulnerability in iOS and promise a fix, but to remind everyone that iMessage is superior and everyone should be using it:
“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.”
Alright, so the humble text message might be pretty antiquated, and vulnerable to spoofing, but honestly, Apple, until you allow everyone to use iMessages, who’s going to solely rely on your proprietary messaging service? I have a load of friends using all sorts of phones, some don’t even use a smartphone, so SMS is the way forward. So don’t give us the “you should be using iMessages” spiel, just fix the vulnerability and let us get on with our texting, OK? [Engadget]