In case you weren’t aware, TechTurtleUK published an article detailing a security flaw in Apples SMS service for iOS, which can potentially leave you open to spam messages. Doesn’t sound too bad, however misleading information being sent to you via unwanted sources, to solicit your response with sensitive information isn’t so great. The phishing scam is currently being called ‘spoofing’ by the tech community.
The scam involves the header of your text message, usually someones name or number having a different return number. For example you think you got a text from your bank asking for a password or bank details, you reply with the information but it doesn’t go to the number that appears, it goes to a different number that has been embedded in the header of the text, that you cant see.
Apple gave a statement to Engadget on Saturday to remind their customers that their iMessage service had been designed to protect against vulnerabilities of SMS.
Apples official statement reads as follows:
Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they’re directed to an unknown website or address over SMS.
iMessage is available on for use over 3G or Wi-Fi by other iOS 5 users be it on iPhone, iPad, or even iPod (touch) or even on a Mac running Mountain Lion or later…..basically if you want to talk to someone securely, they had better be an Apple customer.
Source: Apple Insider