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iOS 6 Fixes iMessage "Bug" that Sends Texts to Stolen iPhones

Last December, an apparent bug appeared in Apple's iMessage service that caused iMessages to continue to be linked to a stolen iPhone. The customer's messages would continue to arrive and be sent from the stolen phone even after changing passwords, a remote wipe, and a SIM card deactivation. Apple initially denied it was a bug, but did later compensate at least one affected user for her trouble.

TheNextWeb now reports that that iOS 6 resolves this issue by forcing all devices to re-enter credentials if your Apple ID settings change.
According to a source with knowledge of Apple’s steps to correct the matter, the issue has been fixed in iOS 6 through a variety of checks placed on iMessage. The most important of these is that Apple now uses its push systems to force a user to re-enter a password to use iMessage once your Apple ID credentials have been changed.
Now, if your iPhone is stolen, simply changing the password of your Apple ID will force the stolen device to prompt for a password in order to continue receiving and sending iMessages from your account. In addition, wiping your iPhone remotely using Find My iPhone will now disable the stolen device from receiving iMessages.

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23 months ago

Apple's security features are second to none. Google can't do anything like this. Not even close.


God I hope this is sarcasm.
Rating: 17 Votes
23 months ago
If the issue is logins for multiple services, have a login after stolen or wipes at an Apple server that enables all default features with cloud preferences.

Earth to Apple, please come in.

Your iDevice has been stolen and we have identified the location of the perps. What do you want to do?

1. Go there personally and kick their a$$.
2. Call the police and report it.
3. The police suck, call my cousin Sam and tell him to hold the forgiveness.
4. Send three hot chicks over to persuade them to cough it up.
5. Stop diddling. Send the Russian Mafia.
Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago
About freaking time.
11 months is pretty lame.
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago
Wow. Only took one year and a plethora of iMessage downtimes to fix this gaping privacy hole.
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago
$500 billion dollar company took 11 months to fix a simple security hole. :)
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago
I'm glad this make life easier for people including, those who steal iphones. But I would like it if I could press a button to blacklist any carrier from ever using my stolen iphone again, or a button that can turn my stolen iPhone into a brick.
Rating: 5 Votes
23 months ago

Stubborn Apple, they need to change this attitude - at least now when everyone is a bit sick of them overall...


Everyone??

Speak for yourself, please...
Rating: 5 Votes
23 months ago
It'd be nice if they fixed the bug where it says “delivered” when it hasn't actually shown up on the recipients device.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 months ago
When are Apple going to introduce 'enter pass code to switch off', so that a thief can't simply turn your iPhone off to prevent you tracking it through Find my iPhone?
Rating: 4 Votes
23 months ago

In addition, wiping your iPhone remotely using Find My iPhone will now disable the stolen device from receiving iMessages.


The real question is: Why the hell didn't this happen before? You'd think a remote wipe would be just that, a WIPE to clear out all data and configuration. Not a "Wipe to delete some pictures and a few emails, but we'll leave the rest intact."
Rating: 3 Votes

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