Apple’s iMessage encryption hindering DEA’s ability to wiretap suspects


A leaked document from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has revealed Apple’s iMessage service is hindering its ability to eavesdrop on drug suspects’ communications. Obtained by CNET, the DEA’s intelligence note — titled ‘Apple’s iMessages: A Challenge For DEA Intercept‘ — highlights that encryption used to secure Apple’s messaging service makes it “impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices,” obstructing agents’ attempts to obtain a complete history of suspects’ messages.

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