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The U.S. Government is Annoyed That It Can’t Break Into Apple’s iMessage

Not even the President can see your annoying texts.
(Photo via Flickr.)

(Photo via Flickr.)

The technology behind iMessage, Apple’s built-in chat service, is so complex that not even our nuclear-armed government can crack it. According to an internal memo issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and obtained by CNET, the government agency conceded that it can’t hack into the heavily encrypted software thus making it “impossible to intercept iMessages” between Apple devices.

According to the February memo, classified as “law enforcement sensitive,” an investigation conducted by the DEA used a federal wiretap court order to enact real-time surveillance on the suspects. However, they noticed that not every message was being captured and figured out that the suspects were using iMessage. The DEA said only Apple’s iMessages are producing problems for the agency, and not your retro, green-hued SMS text

When Apple introduced iMessage in June 2011, it heralded the platform’s heavy encryption. As of last October, iPhone users sent more than 300 billion blue-hued, emoji-filled messages. The company’s well-armed technology isn’t meant to thwart government investigations and it complies with government-issued requests like subpoenas, according to CNET.

Until the government can figure out a work-a-round, someone should tell Shoshanna that her emoji-laden text messages are safe.

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