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

stolenphoneLast 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.

Top Rated Comments

mobilehaathi Avatar
124 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.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rocketman Avatar
124 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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
realeric Avatar
124 months ago
$500 billion dollar company took 11 months to fix a simple security hole. :)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FakeWozniak Avatar
124 months ago
About freaking time.
11 months is pretty lame.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsrcool1234 Avatar
124 months ago
Wow. Only took one year and a plethora of iMessage downtimes to fix this gaping privacy hole.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shrink Avatar
124 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...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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