Apple LogoA new study released by QuarksLab yesterday has made the claim that Apple can read iMessages at any time they like. Today, Apple said in a statement for AllThingsD that “iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages”.

For quite some time, Apple has been insisting that they have no way of viewing iMessage communications thanks to the wall to wall encryption they have on the service. Their claim has always been that even if they wanted to (which they say they don’t), it would be completely impossible to break that encryption code.

QuarksLab disputes this, however. They say the encryption may be there, but the assertion that it stops them from viewing communications is misleading. All it would take is a small adjustment and that content would be open to them and anyone they chose to hand over access to.

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