[cryptography] ICIJ's project - comment on cryptography & tools

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Thu Apr 4 20:47:28 EDT 2013


On 2013-04-05 6:51 AM, ianG wrote:
>
>       "When Apple's iMessage was announced in mid-2011, Cupertino said 
> it would use "secure end-to-end encryption." It quickly became the 
> most popular encrypted chat program in history: Apple CEO Tim Cook 
> said last fall that 300 billion messages have been sent so far, which 
> are transmitted through the Internet rather than as more costly SMS 
> messages carried by wireless providers.
>
> http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57577887-38/apples-imessage-encryption-trips-up-feds-surveillance/ 
>

>
> iang, who never even knew it was encrypted!

Well, of course, if the UI is done right, you should not know it is 
encrypted.

But if apple is providing the keys, or certifying the keys, they can do 
a MIM.

How does it work?  Is it really secure, and if it is, how did they 
manage a "not one click for security" user interface?


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